Importance of Motivation in Organizational Settings
Motivation | Psychology
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The importance of motivation is obvious. We need motivation in order to reach our goals. In fact it is one of the most important and driving factor for us reaching our goals. So when that being said it is not hard to imaging how things would be if there was no such thing as motivation.
Motivation does not have to be positive emotions. Fear can be a very effective motivating factor. Stress is an example of negative motivating ineffective feelings. Most people have a tendency to become narrow sighted when they are stressed, some even get paralysed or apathy.
Is motivation important in the workplace? You bet! Why? First, you spend more time at work than you do awake at home. And typically, work environments are very goal oriented. Some people argue that getting goals motivates people. This is of course not true. It is the rewards for reaching the goals that motivates or the feeling of fulfilment when they reach their goals or the satisfaction of being important etc. This is why many companies and organisations are very strong on bonuses and appraisals.
- Motivation is generally what energizes, maintains, and controls behavior; it acts as a stimulus for desirable actions.
- The importance of motivation in the workplace is straightforward theoretically, but difficult to measure empirically.
- Salary is often enough to keep employees working for an organization, but not necessarily enough to capitalize on their full potential.
- Motivated employees will retain a high level of innovation while producing higher quality work at a higher level ofefficiency.
- The opportunity cost in motivating employees is essentially zero.
- Motivated employees always look for better ways to do a job.
- Motivated employees are qualitative.
- Motivated workers are more productive and efficient.
In summary, motivated employees will retain a high level of innovation while producing higher quality work at a higher level of efficiency. While these benefits are broad, and therefore relatively vague, it also puts forth the argument that motivated employees have no downsides or costs. The opportunity cost in motivating employees is essentially zero, assuming it does not require additional capital to coach managers to act as effective motivators.