The Theory Of Expectancy Theory Essay

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Expectancy Theory As stated in the text, the Expectancy Theory proposes that, “people are motivated when they believe they can accomplish the task, they will get the reward, and the rewards for doing the task are worth the effort” (91). As I explained in my vision, I am a firm believer in this theory and I feel that I can relate to what it suggests. There are three variable conditions that must be met in order for motivation to take place, according to this theory. Expectancy, “refers to the person’s perception of his or her ability to accomplish an objective” (91). Instrumentality, “refers to the belief that the performance will result in getting the reward” (91). Valence, “refers to the value a person places on the outcome or reward” (91). The higher the degree of Expectancy, Instrumentality, and Valence, the greater the chance for motivation.
I would apply this to my own business leadership practice by making sure I provide my followers with reward opportunities that they feel are worth their effort. There are many people that are motivated by money and in their case, some sort of financial compensation may be satisfactory. However, there are people that work for rewards that are often intangible such as recognition and a sense of self accomplishment. For those people, a different type of approach needs to be taken when trying to bring about motivation. Therefore, I plan to use the premise of the Expectancy Theory to learn how to motivate my employees in a…

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