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Motivation Is Progression

Motivation Equals Progress Self interest is a driving force; it is motivation. Motivation leads to progression and without progression early man would never have gotten past learning about fire. There is no single purpose of self-interest, it is for the individual to decide, but it is my motivation to live and I am convinced that it raises the standards of life. All things naturally progress because they adapt. According to Darwin, the strong survive; that is, the members of a species best suited to their environment. Progress is a number of different things but it generally means a forward movement. In one of its forms it is characterized by events like the industrial revolution and scientific revolution. These events are considered progressive because they have helped man control the environment around him with greater ease and precision. Self-interest serves to better my life. It encompasses both hobbies and passions. Hobbies are relaxing and promote self-enjoyment. Therefore, I work hard and endure the days of unpleasant chores because I am motivated to participate in my hobbies like racing sailboats and driving cars. Bettering my life through self-enjoyment allows me to contribute in a more affective way to society. A person who has spent a weekend participating in their hobbies and passions will be much more relaxed than someone who has been working without any self-satisfaction. A relaxed person is a more productive person and productive people tend to give of themselves in society. Motivation towards self-enjoyment leads to an overall improvement in society. Without motivation would Einstein have had any reason to invent the theory of relativity? Self interest is the driving force behind invention and creativity. Most hobbies need capital to be participated in. The production of capital coincides with contributions of ideas and new products to society. The advantage of inventions and theories like the theory of...

Motivation is a very important aspect of our everyday life, as our motives are major determinant of our behaviour in work, at home, everywhere. The subject of motivation covers many question from different areas e.g. areas associated with business: What stimulates people at work? What drives people to do the things they do in their job?, to questions about our regular life: Why am I going to People and Organization lectures?, Why did I choose to write my essays on this topic?. There are many answers for all of those questions but in all of them we will be able to find motivation as the main force of our course of action. If motivation is so important, to what does it then refer? Motivation derives from the latin verb movere, meaning to move. Movement implies action and, in order to act, energy and effort are required from the individual, therefore the level of motivation is depended on the amount of effort and energy people put into their work. In order for a person to generate energy and effort, they need to be stimulated by the work they, environment they work in. Most of people are highly motivated when they are well matched to their

job. It is the fit between people and their jobs which determines an individuals level of motivation. The fit of job to an individual is not the only motivating characteristic of work. Accordingly to Huczynski and Buchanan there are other important characteristics in form of work motivation theories, which can be divided into three distinct but related perspectives, from which we can explore motivation: content theories, process theories and job enrichment theories . First perspective from which we can examine motivation characteristics of work are the content theories, which ask: What are the main motives for our behaviour?. This means they look for specific things that motivate e.g. wealth, status and power. The content theories view motivation in terms of goals that people follow and desire.

verview Of Motivational Theories


Overview of motivational theories Chapter 6 Theory brief description Application /strengths and weaknesses ERG - 3 needs: existence, relatedness and growth - Based on Maslows hierarchy of needs, but assumes that needs can exist at the same time and that lack of need fulfilment in one area can be compensated by higher focus on other needs (e.g. no future in the job leads to extreme focus on salary) Used by leaders to ensure that employees' needs are fulfilled in all three areas Used to analyse the company's strengths and weaknesses reg. their ability to meet all needs of employees Very dependent on person does not include differences in the weights of needs among different types of employees Needs theory - 3 needs: achievement, power and affiliation - Focuses on which need is dominant for a given person Used to identify relevant persons for a job (e.g. sales staff (nAch), leaders (nPow) and HRM-responisble or social workers (nAff) Can be used to explain why a person is not motivated in an otherwise well-designed job (job-fit problems ref. chap. 4 p. 111) Goal setting theory - goals motivate - has to be realistic goals (specific and difficult) - demands feedback (on the action, not the person: not you are an idiot, but what you did was wrong!!) ref. the reinforcement theory - employees should take part in setting goals Good for recreating lost motivation

Especially relevant for people who are nAch (needs theory) or can be described as confident and determined Demands company culture which focuses on openness and good communication, and which encourages personal development Is not suitable for personalities, which are not motivated by the competitive' element Reinforcement theory - focuses on providing feedback on actions - enhances the understanding of both positive and negative actions - very result oriented Good for providing fast change of behaviour (dog training roughly speaking)