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Delivering a good performance at work has been shown to be a function of ability, experience, reward and, above all, motivation. We are purposive beings and we continually select goals which are important to us and seek to achieve them. It is this goal-directed activity we call motivation. Given the importance of employees as an organisational resource, it is obviously crucial that managers should understand the nature of motivation so that they can better manage those forces, both internal and external to individuals, that lead some to apply only minimal effort to their work tasks while others expend much greater effort and consequently are much more productive.

However, motivation is a very complex subject, influenced by many variables. There is no one answer to what motivates people to work well but rather a number of sometimes competing theories, each subject to varying degrees of criticism. Collectively, however, these theories provide a valuable basis for study and discussion and a fund of ideas. Mullins (1993) argues that it is up to managers to judge their relevance and how they might be drawn upon and applied in their particular work situations.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • define motivation and explain the importance to managers of understanding it.
  • explain how motivation theories are classified into content theories and process theories.
  • describe the nature of human needs.
  • explain Taylorism and its motivational implications.
  • understand the motivational implications of the Hawthorne experiments.
  • appreciate Maslow's hierarchy of needs and its motivational implications.
  • set out Alderfer's ERG theory and its motivational implications.
  • explain Herzberg's two-factor theory and its motivational implications.
  • describe expectancy theory and its motivational implications.
  • understand equity theory and its motivational implications. 

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Motivating the Workforce (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Motivating the Workforce (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Introduction


Objectives

 

Section 1: Motivation Theories


Content and process theories: the distinction


Content theories: nature of human needs


The work of Taylor


Motivational implications of Taylorism


Motivation theory and the Hawthorne experiments


Management implications of the Hawthorne studies


Section 2: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


Problems with Maslow's theory


Motivational implications of Maslow's theory


Alderfer's ERG theory

 

Section 3: Herzberg and Motivation


The work of Herzberg


Criticisms of the two-factor approach


Implications of Herzberg's theory of motivation

 

Section 4: Process Theories of Motivation


Process theories


Expectancy theory


Hackman and Oldham model of job enrichment


Equity theory

 

Summary

 

Tutor-marked Question Paper

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

Delivering a good performance at work has been shown to be a function of ability, experience, reward and, above all, motivation. We are purposive beings and we continually select goals which are important to us and seek to achieve them. It is this goal-directed activity we call motivation. Given the importance of employees as an organisational resource, it is obviously crucial that managers should understand the nature of motivation so that they can better manage those forces, both internal and external to individuals, that lead some to apply only minimal effort to their work tasks while others expend much greater effort and consequently are much more productive.

However, motivation is a very complex subject, influenced by many variables. There is no one answer to what motivates people to work well but rather a number of sometimes competing theories, each subject to varying degrees of criticism. Collectively, however, these theories provide a valuable basis for study and discussion and a fund of ideas. Mullins (1993) argues that it is up to managers to judge their relevance and how they might be drawn upon and applied in their particular work situations.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • define motivation and explain the importance to managers of understanding it.
  • explain how motivation theories are classified into content theories and process theories.
  • describe the nature of human needs.
  • explain Taylorism and its motivational implications.
  • understand the motivational implications of the Hawthorne experiments.
  • appreciate Maslow's hierarchy of needs and its motivational implications.
  • set out Alderfer's ERG theory and its motivational implications.
  • explain Herzberg's two-factor theory and its motivational implications.
  • describe expectancy theory and its motivational implications.
  • understand equity theory and its motivational implications. 

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Motivating the Workforce (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate

Motivating the Workforce (Byte Size Skills Course) Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Introduction


Objectives

 

Section 1: Motivation Theories


Content and process theories: the distinction


Content theories: nature of human needs


The work of Taylor


Motivational implications of Taylorism


Motivation theory and the Hawthorne experiments


Management implications of the Hawthorne studies


Section 2: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


Problems with Maslow's theory


Motivational implications of Maslow's theory


Alderfer's ERG theory

 

Section 3: Herzberg and Motivation


The work of Herzberg


Criticisms of the two-factor approach


Implications of Herzberg's theory of motivation

 

Section 4: Process Theories of Motivation


Process theories


Expectancy theory


Hackman and Oldham model of job enrichment


Equity theory

 

Summary

 

Tutor-marked Question Paper

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
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