A Brief Note On Student Motivation Theories Under Three Headings

799 Words May 30th, 2016 4 Pages
Handy (1976) classifies early motivation theories under three headings. First is “satisfaction theories” that assumes that “a satisfied worker is a productive worker” (Handy, 1976, p. 24). There are strong evidences showing that productivity leads to satisfaction of workers but there are a few evidences supporting that satisfied worker works harder. In addition, satisfaction of worker decrease the number of workers’ turnovers (Handy, 1976, p. 25). This concept is really true. Satisfaction of workers is important as everyone can work well when we are happy and this is one reason that coercion power which is based on fear does not work now. The second heading is “incentive theories” which assumes that people will be more productive if they get reward or incentive for their good performance. Money is a motivator in these theories because money leads to other incentives such as the increase of status, success, and independence. Incentive theories can be used if the individual acquires a reward and recognises that the reward is worth for more work and we can measure the performance and will not set the better performance as a new minimum standard (Handy, 1976, p. 25). This is applicable in the situation nowadays. Most people today work for money and some organisations use a key performance indicator (KPI) to measure whether the workers should get promotions. Staffs in the organisations have to set their own KPI which is measurable and KPI can remind the…

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