Motivational Methods

In: Psychology

Submitted By haslar73
Words 1269
Pages 6
Motivational Methods
Stephanie Heydon
Axia College of University of Phoenix
Health Care Management
HCS/325
Susan McQuade
March 28, 2011

Motivational Methods
Motivation is the key element in a workplace and it is extremely important to know the theories, methods, and applications associated with motivation. Motivation is a necessary skill for future managers and leaders as it is used to motivate employees to work more efficiently. Researching the different motivation methods has brought the realization of just how important motivation is in the workplace.
For most managers, motivating their employees is a key issue. In today’s work force, managers are inclined to pay special attention to their employees. They also pay attention to motivates them to perform at a higher level. Not every individual works in the same manner or needs the same motivation. This paper will look at the different characteristics of professional workers and lower-level contingent workers. Also addressed in this paper will be the different motivational approaches that are used by managers today towards these two groups. Finally, by applying a set of motivational theories, this paper will attempt to explain why managers should apply different methods to each of these groups.
There are many questions facing managers about motivation; questions such as how does motivation work, when to apply motivation, and whom to apply motivation techniques to. Motivation reflects how innovative and productive jobs are achieved within work organizations. Because motivation influences productivity, supervisors need to understand what motivates employees to reach their peak performance.
Motivation is the driving force which causes an individual to achieve their goals. Motivation is a set of values that predispose an individual to act in a certain manner in order to reach a desired outcome. These…...

Similar Documents

Motivational Methods

...Motivational Methods Jennifer Dobelstien Phoenix of Arizona In my organization, the department has to be downsized because it is too large. With the new changes that are going to take place; some motivational techniques need to be implemented to help with the new changes. Understanding different methods will ensure that our organization has the top notch of motivational skills needed to get the job done and everything running smoothly. As the manager of this organization, it is my responsibility to figure out which three motivational methods would work best for the company and figure out what theoretical concepts support the points that I am going to make through my readings. There are many motivational methods to use on employees in a workplace but I am going to mention about three good ones that I would use in an organization that is implementing change. As a manager, they should not use the same motivational techniques repeatedly on the same person. Always using different methods every time is more of a motivational challenge than using the same ones. A manager should get to know their employees and figure out which employees like what and what kind of position the employee is in first off before a manager starts using methods on an employee. “Money is a great motivator, but unfortunately there are but so many raises a manager can offer an employee.” (Meeks, 1999-2012). The three motivational methods I would use is setting a good...

Words: 1127 - Pages: 5

Motivational Talk

...I Believe I Can Fly Motivational Speech by Emeagwali in celebration of Black History Month. | Thank your Dr. Carlton Lampkins for the pleasant introduction. Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to visit Willingboro High School and to join you in celebrating this year's Black History Month. Each year, the Black History Month has a nationwide theme. The theme for this year's Black History Month is "Celebrating Life, Building a Future." "Building a Future" is a powerful theme that applies to each student in this audience because you are our future. Everyone one of you has the potential to achieve anything you want in life. You were born with many talents that you don't even know you have. Someone in this audience may become a famous writer, may travel to the planet Mars or discover the cure for AIDS. However, to become successful requires that you set personal goals for yourself and then study and work hard to achieve them. Setting personal goals is very important because those who do not have goals in life do not know where they are going. Those who do not know where there are going could end anywhere. They could end in prison. They could end on illegal drugs. You must never, never, never experiment with any illegal drugs. It will ruin your life and the lives of those that love you. Those drug dealers standing in your street corners are trying to sell you a one-way ticket to nowhere. My advice to every one of you is to write down your goals on a piece paper. Then discuss...

Words: 1383 - Pages: 6

Motivational Theories

...Motivational Theories and Education Amanda R. Davis Grand Canyon University: EDA- 575 April 16, 2013 Motivational Theories and Education Creating a plan that can motivate and encourage students is necessary for any teacher in today’s day and age. Most teachers are extremely busy and always striving to have their students achieve their goals and meet the standards, while at the same time monitor behavior around the room. Having a motivational plan that works in the classroom and/or school will help any teacher or administrator accomplish their lesson or school goals with the utmost efficiency. Motivation is what makes a person engage in an activity or uphold expected behaviors. Once an educator learns what motivates his or her students, everyone will benefit from the process. This paper will discuss a tentative motivational plan for Hinman Elementary School in Henderson, NV. In an elementary school setting, the children may have a hard time settling down to actually learn. The lack of student motivation in schools is a major concern for modern educators. Teachers and parents alike are trying to find the best ways to motivate their children to do well in school. Educational researchers have accepted four parts of motivation while studying student learning. They include: behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, and social aspects of motivation (Glynn, 2005). Because all children are somewhat different, it is important to find what each child would be...

Words: 1242 - Pages: 5

Motivational Speaking

...Whenever the term motivational speaker is introduced to a conversation, I instantaneously imagine an overly enthusiastic man, preparing to deliver the same watered-down, cookie cutter speech that has roamed the halls of every high school. Therefore, it was only natural for me to shrink back in fatigued anguish at the thought of having to endure the same torturous event in which I would be expected to appreciate with mock enticement. Mr. Christopher Taylor is a man of too many words and very little tolerance for ignorance. Walking into the room, the weight of his presence was awakening. Something about the way my older peers glanced at him with the up most respect sent a trigger alerting me to the significance of him. Although he sat patiently through his detailed introduction, his eyes focused around the room, seemingly categorizing each student into a database, well organized through years of practice. Light applause trailed him as he took a firm stance in the front of the ballroom. Deceptively, he began with generalized questions about how people perceive each other, trivial knowledge that determined little, other than the common sense of his audience. After a series of varyingly mediocre topics, Mr. Taylor quieted down and pondered to himself for a second, gaining his thoughts and deciding how best to approach the next topic, “How many of you are pre-med students?” he asked inquisitively. I was one of many of the proud students who raised their hands. Nodding in...

Words: 748 - Pages: 3

Motivational Method

...Motivational Methods HCS 325 December 9, 2013 The motivation an employee has can sometimes be the difference between company success and failure. As a manager in the healthcare field one of the keys to motivating employees starts with motivating oneself. Emotions can be contagious if you hate your job other will pick up on that and may hate their jobs as well. Even if a manger is too stressed out others around him might become that way too. As good motivation for employees enthusiasm is a good quality to have and a trait that is healthy to pass along. If as a manager you show your employees that you really have a motivating sprit to take care of your company’s image they will adopt this feeling and it can go a long way in improving the company. So what are good ways to try and motivate employees? Well, a manger has to think about his/her own motivations and most likely the employees will have similar feelings. For example: what is important to people? Family? Recognition? On the job training? Compensation? One of the motivational methods that can be installed is for each manager to personally get to know each of his/her employees to see what their goals are. Where do they want to be in a year? What do they hope to accomplish? Is there anything the organization can do to support this individual in their goals? When employees see that there is a personal interest taken in them it helps the employee feel like this just isn’t an 8 hour job to them and they are...

Words: 1161 - Pages: 5

Motivational Methods

...Motivational Methods Motivational Methods Even though not every method will work for all employees, Motivation methods help keep everyone moving towards a positive goal because when moral is at a high level, then the motivation level will be high as well and Incentives, and open communications help with motivation. Downsizing can take a toll on a department and manager. So to help keep the moral and motivation up will be a challenge. The manager would have to reinsure all staff members that the downsizing will not happen often. First step will have the motivational sprit start from the managers, and show more effort towards the staff members. The most important reason Motivation methods help keep everyone moving towards a positive goal is because when moral is at a high level, then the motivation level will be high as well. There are many methods to use in order to keep the motivation flowing without missing a beat. To start with a strong foundation is to full fill the basic needs of all the employees, such as great working hours, breaks in between hours, and making work fun while making sure work is getting done. “Lower-level needs include physiological, safety and social concerns, while higher-level needs include esteem and self-actualization concerns” (Lombardi, D. N., & Schermerhorn, J. R. (2007). The basic motivation process such as “the equity, expectancy, and goal-setting theories each offer advice and insight on how people...

Words: 1007 - Pages: 5

Motivational Methods

...Motivational Methods Motivation is the impact or drive that causes us to behave in a specific manner and has been described as consisting of energy, direction, and sustainability (Gilley & McMillian, 2008). In an organization, a manager needs to have the ability to persuade and influence others to work in a common direction that reflects their talent to motivate (Gilley & McMillian, 2008). As manager of the Emergency department, upper management at Sutter Health has informed me that our Emergency unit will need to downsize, and in order to prepare for this downsize, I will address the three motivational methods that managers use to motivate their employee and how this change can affect Sutter Health In any organization, making changes within the workplace can be challenging. Finding ways to motivate employees can be hard and some motivation methods can work for some people and others, it might not work at all. Mangers need to find different methods that would work will for their staff in assisting them in adapting to different changes. It is important for managers to really understand what type of motivational technique they should use for each staff members (Kamery, 2004). As the manager for the emergency department, the three motivational methods that should be used for the emergency department are to provide advancement opportunities, recognition, and a sense of achievement (Lombardi & Schermerhorn, 2007). Because of the downsizing of the department...

Words: 1183 - Pages: 5

Motivational Speech

...Motivational speech to Year 13’s about how they can and should achieve their full potential at Sharnbrook and beyond. Life is an interesting journey. A fast moving train that has many destinations. There’s no time to sit around waiting for your life to go somewhere, get up, get out and get going. Be pro-active with your life or expect very little to come from it. Just like John F. Kennedy said ‘Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.’ Jim Rohn once said ‘If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.’ Trying to follow in someone else’s footsteps no matter how many similarities you have with them, you will never over succeed them. No-one likes to be second best and what kind of way is it to start your life by copying someone else’s, be an individual, be you. Many of you will be sitting there thinking ‘how the heck am I going to achieve my goals when I’ve fallen back so many times already’ but even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. Most of you will be at the age of 17 or 18, right? You have a lifetime ahead of you. Yes, you’re going to go through hell but you just have to keep on going through it to reach the other side! ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’ Benjamin Franklin said. Think about revising for your A-levels, that knowledge didn’t just embed its self into your brain, as helpful as that would be however. Life is like preparing...

Words: 463 - Pages: 2

Method

...Method Design The design of the experiment is a non-experimental single sample design; this is because there is no independent variable. The experiment only contains two dependent variables, one dependent variable being the sex label and the other dependent variable being the gender pronouns. Participants The participants were all close friends or family of 1st year psychology students studying at Teesside University. In total there were six participants, four of which were female and 2 male. The age range of participants was 23-71 years old with a mean of 41.00. Each participant completed consent forms to adhere to The SSS&L ethics committee who approved this study. Materials The stimulus used in this experiment was a picture of a soft toy, participants were provided with a pen and paper to describe the toy. There where two questions used in the experiment to obtain gender bias results. Certain inanimate words where used within the first part of the study in order not to try and manipulate the participant’s way of thinking about gender of the soft toy. Procedure The researcher explained all procedures before experiment commenced. Participants were then presented with a picture of a soft toy, they were then asked to write 3 or 4 sentences describing the beginning of a story about the toy, using inanimate language. After completion of the short story, they were then asked a question of “State whether the animal is a boy or a girl?” The last question then...

Words: 293 - Pages: 2

Motivational

...Research in Higher Education, Vol. 48, No. 2, March 2007 (Ó 2006) DOI: 10.1007/s11162-006-9042-3 EXAMINING HERZBERG’S THEORY: Improving Job Satisfaction among Non-Academic Employees at a University Ryan E. Smerek*,† and Marvin Peterson† ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ This study reports the results of a survey of 2700 employees in business operations at a large public, research university. The analysis tests Herzberg et al.’s (1959) well-known, duality theory of motivators and hygiene factors and the impact of personal characteristics and job characteristics on perceptions of the work environment and job satisfaction. The results offer inconclusive support of Herzberg’s theory although the work itself is the strongest predictor of job satisfaction after controlling for both personal and job characteristics. The study concludes by discussing both practical implications, for those in leadership positions in a university, and theoretical implications for researchers interested in exploring job satisfaction in a higher education context. ................................................................................................ ................................................................................................ KEY WORDS: job satisfaction; quality of worklife; work climate; administrative...

Words: 7849 - Pages: 32

Motivational Change

...Motivational Methods Introduction Change never seems easy. However, motivating employees and having effective communication produces successful implementation of change. How employees were managed is a significant motivating factor. Therefore, one needs to have the necessary skills and abilities that are positively associated with success in executing change. These include coaching, communicating, involving others, motivating, rewarding, and building teams (Gilley & Maycunich, 2000). Managers who create environments where employees are motivated inspire them to work hard and perform duties to the best of their abilities. Thus, in order to lead and implement effective change in our department we are going to utilize three motivational techniques. Motivational Techniques Motivational techniques vary from person to person; however, there are some motivational methods that could be used to keep the majority of our employees motivated. Motivation through Job Design Job design involves “creating or defining jobs by assigning specific work tasks to individuals and groups (Lombardi and Schermerhorn, 2007). When job design is done appropriately it can contribute to job performance and job satisfaction (Lombardi and Schermerhorn, 2007). When employees have a sense of job satisfaction they in turn become motivated. Job performance and job satisfaction go together and one without the other is insufficient to meet the high standards expected in our department (Lombardi and...

Words: 1166 - Pages: 5

Motivational Style

...The same motivational style cannot be used for all employees There is perhaps no managerial task more important than motivating and retaining employees. The key to success in this area is to recognize that each employee is an individual. Thus, what motivates one employee may not motivate another. The mistake managers often make is to get locked into a specific motivational style -- a motivational comfort zone -- they use with every employee. If we are to be effective managers, we must be flexible, tailoring our motivational techniques to the individual employee and the particular task environment we are working in. The most famous motivation theory was developed by Abraham Maslow. He developed a hierarchy of needs that ranged from basic needs (food, water and shelter) to a higher order need for achievement. Maslow believed higher order needs would only motivate people after the salary and benefits. The upper-level needs are satisfied by involvement, participation and challenging task assignments. While Maslow's approach is useful, managers commonly make two mistakes when applying this framework. First, managers make assumptions about workers based on job classification and/or the employee's education level. It is easy to assume a blue-collar worker is operating at the basic-need level and the white-collar workers are operating at the higher order level of needs. I once had an employee that had two masters degrees. Because of her education, I assumed she would want...

Words: 852 - Pages: 4

Motivational Method Paper

...Motivational Method Paper HCS/325 September 29, 2014 Lisa Jones Motivational can be define as strength inside and outside individual, which explains the path, level and determination of attempts that are used in a workplace. It is extremely important that a manger knows how to motivate and encourage their employees to function well. Whatever the employee considers to value it will be one of employees most inspiration attempts. Talking openly about positive solutions to situations that arise within the workplace can help to turn a negative atmosphere into a positive one where all workers are encouraged to talk about what is important to them (Graham & Weiner, 1996). I will discuss a few motivational methods that can be used as a manager and how the organization will be affected by the change. The first method would be providing opportunities for employee’s learning and development. Striving to make ways for employees to continually enhance their knowledge and develop new abilities at all times is always a plus. Job relocations help with continuing education, and on the job preparation classes are learning environment to promote. It is important for an organization to promote internally within the company. When it is suitable and devotes the time and effort in helping educate employees so they can seize new advancement. With advancement many managers fear that by providing different levels of training the employee may leave them and take the experience to a...

Words: 912 - Pages: 4

Motivational Methods

...Motivational Methods HCS/325 July 28, 2011 Motivational Methods Motivation can be defined in several ways. Motivation is an internal energy which helps a person accomplishes a goal. It is the key factor of an organization. In order for an organization to achieve a higher level of productivity, managers play an essential role to his or her employee’s motivation. The three motivational methods that can be used within an organization are: equity theory, expectancy theory, and goal setting. Within any organization different employees need to have different motivational methods. Employee motivational methods can be either positive or negative. Most theories of employee motivation are rewarding employees that meet the standards to set new goals for achievement. In today’s society motivation starts with management and is the key job for management. If a manager of an organization is not motivated that attitude can spread to his or her employees. Managers of an organization have a challenge when it comes to motivating people. “Motivation encompasses the psychological forces within a person that determine the direction of the person’s behavior in an organization, the person’s level of effort, and the person’s level of persistence in the face of obstacles” (Consador, 1999). An organization must make use of all assets including, the members of its staff. Therefore, managers need to make sure his or her employees are motivated, and that he or she has a positive mind set so that...

Words: 1326 - Pages: 6

Motivational Method Paper

...Tamika Downs HCS 325 April 2, 2012 Joan Ralph Webber I believe motivational is a great tool for building an organization. It is one for one of the most important uplifting aspect of an organization. People are motivated by a wide variety of actions and behaviors. The basis for motivational methods all have the objective of meeting the needs of the individual (employees) in such a way as to influence and promote positive or improved performance to meet the organization’s goals. Managers must use a variety of techniques and tools to motivate others. Managers must provide an environment that fosters trust, respect, and empowerment of the individual (Lombardi & Schermerhorn, 2007). The most influential motivating theories to me are Abraham Maslow, Frederick Herzberg, and David Mc Clelland. The theories could help anyone building an organization. Abraham Maslow theory human needs provide an important foundation for management thinking. Maslow’s theory advises managers to recognize that blocked or deprived needs may negatively influence work attitudes and behaviors. (Lombardi & Schermerhorn, 2007) Fredrick Herzberg theory has a two-way factor. Herzberg advisee’s managers to give proper attention to the satisfier factors. David McClelland theory is based on individual needs. He stresses that managers are encouraged to recognize the strength of each need in them and in other people (Lombardi & Schermerhorn, 2007). As a manager in my organization...

Words: 1137 - Pages: 5