Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What Motivates Workers

When clients come to us seeking a job change, it's always interesting to hear their reasons for seeking a new job. Usually, it's not about pay (or, more accurately, not JUST about pay).

Author and researcher Frederick Herzberg has outlined his findings in two books:
"The Motivation to Work" and "Work and the Nature of Man."

Herzberg proposed the Motivation-Hygiene Theory, also known as the Two factor theory1959) of job satisfaction. According to his theory, people are influenced by two factors:

  • Satisfaction, which is primarily the result of the motivator factors. These factors help increase satisfaction but have little effect on dissatisfaction.
  • Dissatisfaction is primarily the result of hygiene factors. These factors, if absent or inadequate, cause dissatisfaction, but their presence has little effect on long-term satisfaction.

Motivator Factors

  • Achievement
  • Recognition
  • Work Itself
  • Responsibility
  • Promotion
  • Growth

Hygiene Factors

  • Pay and Benefits
  • Company Policy and Administration
  • Relationships with co-workers
  • Physical Environment
  • Supervision
  • Status
  • Job Security

Courtesy: Wikipedia

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