Training Managers to Motivate Employees

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Abstract There are a variety of management styles in the field of training and development. With there being so many styles, can training help managers adopt a more autonomy-supportive motivating style toward employees. Will the employees of these managers in turn show a greater workplace engagement? Research shows managers that participate in training, have a more significantly supportive management style. This paper will discuss the managers’ motivating styles and the benefits to employees when managers become more autonomy supportive.

One of the most challenging parts of a manager’s job is the managerial effort to support employees’ motivation. A key determinant of how effectively a manager nurtures and supports employees’
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Autonomous motivation is self-authored and personally endorsed as one’s own (Ryan &Deci, 2000). There are two types of autonomous motivation that are associated with employees’ functioning, intrinsic motivation and identified regulation. Intrinsic motivation involves employees engaging in an activity because they find it interesting and satisfying. They usually express this with comments like, “I enjoy what I do.” The other type of autonomous motivation is identified regulation. This involves identifying with the activity performed and the time spent seems important and worth the effort. Most employees express identified regulation through comments as, “The work I do is important to me.” Controlled motivation is that which is pressure-based and imposed by forces (i.e. people, rewards, deadlines) outside the person (Ryan & Deci, 2000). A type of controlled motivation is external regulation. This involves employees doing an activity because they expect to gain an external contingency to do so. The motivation is externally controlled because the employees are energized into to working by incentives and to avoid consequences. If the incentives are not present and the consequences are absent, the employees are not motivated to do action. These people can be often heard expressing themselves such as, “I work because the boss is watching.” Many managers agree that motivation is important and that the quality of employees’ motivation is important,
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