Motivation - Introduction

Welcome to the next lesson of this module - Motivation.! As a topic, motivation is one of the most important aspects of Organisational Behaviour. The topic seeks to understand ways in which to maximise employee productivity in the workplace as well as give consideration to employee wellbeing.

This chapter will look at defining motivation as a term and its various meanings will be explored. A number of theories will be presented with the main theoretical approaches and a critique associated with each.

After completion of this chapter, you should have an overview of what motivation in the work environment is. This chapter will begin by providing a comprehensive outline of what motivation is and its most important meanings. This will then be followed by a thorough discussion of core motivation theories, challenges to motivation and other relevant factors. Finally, a summary is provided.

Below are some goals and objectives for you to refer to after learning this section.

Goals for this section

  • To understand the importance of motivation in the work environment
  • To understand the most important relevant motivation theories

Objectives for this section

To be able to:

  • Define work motivation.
  • Understand the critical elements of how motivation is affected by surrounding factors.
  • Possess an overview of how employee productivity can be impacted directly by motivation.

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