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Theories of Motivation

Since the beginning of industrialization and the advent of factories, people have been trying to figure out what motivates employees. One of the very first theories was developed by Frederick Taylor, who wrote, “The Principles of Scientific Management” in 1911. More recent theories of motivation include ERG Theory (1972) by Alderfer and the Equity Theory […]

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, also known as Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation, is a popular motivational theory explaining that as humans, our actions are motivated by our desire to meet specific needs. Maslow focused in particular on the needs of employees in the workplace. His theory proposes that there are five types of needs that […]

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Self-Efficacy Theory of Motivation

The Self-Efficacy Theory of Motivation is a way to explain motivation. Why do some team members to everything work really hard whilst others do the minimum they think they can get away with? Studies have shown that self-efficacy is a strong predictor of high-performance. What is Self-Efficacy? Self-Efficacy is the belief that you are capable […]

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Reinforcement Theory of Motivation

Reinforcement Theory tries to explain what motivates good and bad behavior in the workplace. It also gives us a mechanism to influence the behavior of our team using what the theory refers to as reinforcement, punishment or extinction. Reinforcement refers to rewards that are used to encourage good behavior and punishments are used to reduce […]

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