Organizational Behavior

What is motivation?

Motivation is the process of inspiring people to ensure maximum utilization of their skills, abilities, knowledge, and experience by offering financial and non-financial benefits for achieving organizational goals and objectives.

According to Edwin B. Flippo,”Motivation is the process of attempting to influence others to do will through the possibility of reward.”

According to Keith Davis,”Motivation is the strength of drive toward an action.” In a nutshell, Motivation is the process of inspiring people or employee to do a particular job for achieving organizational objectives. Motivation is the processes that account for an individual’s intensity, direction, and persistence of effort toward attaining a goal.

Some motivators are:

  • Personally, thank employees for doing a good job — one-on-one, in writing or both. Do it timely, often and sincerely.
  • Be willing to take the time to meet with and listen to employees — as much as they need or want.
  • Provide specific feedback about the performance of the person, the department and the
  • Strive to create a work environment that is open, trusting and fun. Encourage new ideas and initiative.
  • Provide information on how the company makes and loses money, upcoming products and strategies for competing in the marketplace and how the person fits into the overall plan.
  • Involve employees in decisions, especially in those decisions that affect them.
  • Provide employees with a sense of ownership in their work and the work
  • Recognize, reward and promote people based on their performance; deal with low and marginal performers so that they improve or leave.
  • Give people a chance to grow and learn new skills; show them how you can help them meet their goals within the context of meeting the organization’s goals. Create a partnership with each employee.
  • Celebrate successes — of the company, of the department and of individuals in it Take time for the team- and morale-building meetings and activities.