Four-Drive Theory

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Final Research Paper Four-Drive Theory in the Workplace Organizational Behavior- MT3250 Dr. Carl W. Proehl, Jr. November 5, 2013 ABSTRACT One of the hardest jobs as a manager is getting people to do their best work, even in trying circumstances and deciphering what motivates us as human beings. A study in neuroscience, biology and psychology has led more researchers to learn about the human brain and what emotional needs people are driven by. In this paper we will look at the four-basic emotional drives that underlie everything we do, and what actions a manager can take to satisfy these four-drives and increase employee motivation. Introduction The Four Drive theory…show more content…
The commitment indicator is the extent to which employees engage in the corporate culture of the company. With the intention to quit, the response to which an employee’s overall indicators are not being met and in turn is a company’s employee turnover. By fulfilling the drive to bond has the greatest effect on employee commitment, whereas meeting the drive to learn is linked to employee engagement. When all four-drives are satisfied, a company can improve its overall motivation of their employees. Each of the four drives is independent to each other and cannot be substituted one for the other. You cannot fulfill these drives by money or by achieving one but not the rest. An example would be by paying your employees a lot in wages and hoping they will feel happy and energetic about their work when the drive to bond is not nurtured. When the situation is vice-versa and you are helping bond a tight-knit team but under paying them while they work really hard but aren’t getting back what they feel they are worth. By addressing all four-drives you lessen the risk of losing your employees to other better potential jobs that come along. Achieving the Four-Drive Theory in the Workplace When conducting a team building session, it should no longer be just about having fun for a few hours, it should help a company’s employees positively build and enhance the bonds they have with their co-workers. The drive to learn highlights the
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