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Managers may utilize motivation in the workplace to help their teams accomplish their goals, get people closer to their purposes, and inspire productivity and happiness. The leader’s responsibility is to learn about an employee, establish a work environment that supports that person’s success, and recognize that employee for a job well done. The article will discuss what motivation is, its different types, and why motivation management helps produce more efficient employees.

What is motivation?


The urge to do well in work is referred to as motivation. It is a force that compels individuals to act in a specific way. Organizations can encourage their production line workers using monetary incentives like raises in salary rates or profit-sharing, non-monetary incentives like job expansion and delegation, and motivational theories like McGregor’s Theory X and Y and Elton Mayo’s Hawthorne Effect.

The Latin word “Movere” is the root of the term “motivation.” “More” is a Latin word that means “to move,” “to drive,” “to drive onward,” and so on. Employee motivation is described as motivating, inspiring, and encouraging them to achieve at their highest level. Employees cannot be compelled to be motivated since reason is a psychological concept. It arises naturally from inside the personnel as a result of their motivation to work.

Motivation is, in reality, an essential component of the directing process. When leading subordinates, the manager must strive to instill in them a desire to pursue the organization’s goals actively. The manager may be considered to be concerned with motivation as a result of his efforts.

The primary source of low motivation for production line workers is unhappiness with their pay. They are paid half as much as quality control inspectors who are not involved in the manufacturing process. These workers are paid a minimum weekly wage with a bonus if they fulfill output goals. This implies that the workers are not affected if the factory’s electricity goes out or the machinery breaks down. This means that if the factory’s electricity goes out or the machinery breaks down, the workers won’t achieve their objectives and won’t earn the bonus.

Types of motivation

  • The desire to seek and achieve goals is known as achievement motivation. A person who is driven by accomplishment motivation aspires to attain goals and climb the corporate ladder. Achievement is essential here for its own sake, not for the benefits that come with it. It’s comparable to Japanese management‘s ‘Kaizen strategy.
  • Competence motivation refers to a person’s desire to excel in something, allowing them to produce high-quality work. Competence-driven people aim for work mastery, pride in learning and using problem-solving abilities, and strive to be innovative when faced with challenges. They get knowledge through their experiences.
  • Attitude motivation refers to how individuals think and feel about something. It’s their self-assurance, their faith in themselves, and their outlook on life. It’s how people react to the past and how they feel about the future.
  • Incentive motivation occurs when a person or a group receives a monetary incentive for completing a task. It’s a “do this, and you’ll get that” mentality. People are motivated to work a bit more when they receive accolades and rewards.

How motivation in management works?

The fascinating aspect of motivation is that it is primarily internal. If someone tries to encourage us to do anything, the best they can do is influence us – appeal to us. They must be aware of our needs, feelings, and objectives. Marketers, salespeople, and politicians are fully aware of this.

Let’s put this into practice for you. Understandably, no one can make you desire to accomplish anything. They can’t tell you what you need, and they certainly don’t know that what they value is what you should love. Finally, they are unable to instill in you a strong drive to achieve specific objectives. You are the source of your motivation (needs, values, and goals).

When someone with authority over you, such as your employer, asks you to do something, you may obey. The fact that you did what they requested does not imply you were happy with it, nor does it indicate you wanted to do it in the first place. Your desire to do something must originate from inside! It must be something you are enthusiastic about. The same may be said about your workers.

Why is motivation important in managing the workplace?

  • Motivated employees create a positive work atmosphere. The relationship between superiors and subordinates is constantly improving in motivation. When employees’ needs are met or receive recognition and respect inside the business, they are always willing to lend a helping hand to superiors. There is more cooperation and coordination in the organization, and all employees work together as a team.
  • Motivation aids in the transition from a negative to a good mindset. Employees who aren’t motivated strive to do the bare minimum in the workplace. However, motivation fuels the drive to achieve at the highest level possible. All of the organization’s resources are useless unless and until the employees use them. Employees that are motivated make the most of their resources.
  • Managers who are motivated are more likely to make changes. Motivated employees are less resistant to adopting changes in response to changes in the business environment because they understand that the organization will suffer if the changes are not implemented in the company. Still, the employees would also struggle to meet their requirements. Employees that are motivated are always supportive and cooperative when it comes to adopting organizational changes.
  • In the hands of managers, motivation is a powerful tool for increasing the efficiency of operations and increasing the company’s production. Employees who are motivated perform better than those who are not. A contented and happy workforce promotes increased efficiency and output. Increased labor productivity means more excellent salaries for employees and more profits for the company. For an organization to be successful, superior performance is required, which is achieved through motivation.

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