Job Performance Is A Good Motivator Of Employees

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Typically one thinks of regular raises as a great motivator of employees. In fact it is understood that the absence of raises can lower morale and affect job performance. Often due to economic downturns, however, companies may go for years without the ability to provide raises, making it imperative that the company find other ways to motivate employees. While raises may motivate employees, the amount of money one makes is not the only driver of motivation. However, raises can be an effective means if the employees are able to recognize that the raise represents a reward for good performance. Even when raises and bonuses are available, more often than not, they are not enough to motivate employees for long periods of time, such as the whole year. After a few short months, the impact of a raise can fade which will reduce the motivation associated with the raise (Blank, n.p.). Employees continually need to feel that their efforts and job performance are noticed and appreciated (Nornberg, 2014). Similar to children, who need instant gratification, some employees can be less motivated by rewards that are too far in the future. Employers may be able to more effectively motivate their employees for good performance and positive behavior if they engage in giving frequent rewards, such as paid time off or gifts (Blank). According to Lawrence and Nohria (2001), people are guided by drives or needs: 1) the need to acquire certain things which may be money or objects, but may also be
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