Alignment of aims, purpose and values between staff, teams and organization is the most fundamental aspect of motivation. The better the alignment and personal association with organizational aims, the better the platform for motivation.
How important is salary in motivating employees? Frederick Herzberg acknowledged the complexity of the salary issue (money, earnings, etc), and concluded that money is not a motivator in the way that the primary motivators are, such as achievement and recognition
Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is an important model in understanding the motivational factors which influence our everyday lives. Maslow's ideas promote the responsibility of employers to provide a workplace environment that encourages and enables employees to fulfil their own unique potential (self-actualization), are today more relevant than ever.
Vroom's expectancy theory separates effort, performance and outcomes, while Maslow and Herzberg focus on the relationship between internal needs and the resulting effort expended to fulfill them. How to use needs and motivators to fuel productivity and satisfaction among employees.
Gamification is a buzzword that has become increasingly prevalent in today’s business world. Companies such as Cisco, Uber, and Duolingo all use gamification to help them achieve strategic business objectives. But what is gamification and where does it come from? The word gamification starts to show up around 2010 on Google trends and it was initially defined as the use of game thinking and game mechanics to engage users and solve problems. However, gamification has not been stagnant and the definition has developed over the years with the most commonly cited focusing on the use of game design elements in non-game contexts.
Author, presenter and career analyst Dan Pink examines the unusual puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers do not: traditional rewards are not as effective as most people think. He instead presents alternative solutions to motivate and improve performance.