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What is Motivation ? The current day and age is suddenly very concerned with staff management, and it has become a very big issue in the workplace. Motivation is probably the most important factor of the whole concept of management. The actual definition of the word 'motivation' is doing a job because you want to do it. This is simple enough but people are now producing theories on how change the attitudes of those who do not have this kind of motivation in their job. Most people would agree that you can't actually motivate someone else, you can only create a situation in which he/she can be motivated. ...read more.


3) Social relationships - such as friendships, group working, and the desire for affiliation, status and dependency. This is a relational orientation to work and concerned with 'other people'. A person's motivation, job satisfaction and work performance is determined by the strength of these sets of needs and expectations. A more specific theory on these needs is put forward by Maslow in his hierarchy of needs (overleaf). He believes that once a person has satisfied one level of needs, he wants to satisfy the next, therefore working their way up the triangle. Which Factors Affect Motivation ? The three main categories offer a range of different factors, I thought I would use one of these factors to give a fairly wide view of how they differ. ...read more.


As you would expect, those who provided for a family as well as themselves, were more concerned about the financial side of things than others. Job Interest ? I discovered that actual interest in the job was the most important to a lot of the people I asked. I would agree with this myself, but what do I know ?! I'm sure most people would start of thinking that personal interest is the most important to them, but, as I said earlier, it would all depend on whether or not you had to provide for others, etc. I suppose in the long run, whatever the money may be like, you would eventually tire of doing a job that you don't enjoy. Colleagues ? This is yet another small thing, that actually makes a big difference to the attitude of the worker. ...read more.

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