Set me anything to do as a task, and it is inconceivable the desire I have to do something else ~ GB Shaw
What is Motivation? …
It is the process that accounts for an individual’s intensity, direction and persistence of efforts towards attaining a goal.
The 1950’s saw development of path breaking Early Theories of Motivation in order to explain Employee Motivation. Although heavily attacked and questioned in validity, these theories are probably still the best known explanations for employee motivation. These theories represent the foundation from which the contemporary theories have taken shape. The recent times have seen Contemporary Theories of Motivation – all of which have one thing in common – a reasonable degree of valid supporting documentation.
Early Theories of Motivation
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
In probably one of the most well known theories – Abraham Maslow hypothesized that within every human being there is a hierarchy of the five needs as shown in the image.
Lower order needs are primarily external. Higher order needs are primarily internal.
As each lower order needs becomes satisfied, the next higher order needs becomes dominant ultimately leading to self actualization.
This theory has received wide recognition, due to it’s intuitive logic and ease of understanding.
Theory X and Theory Y
Doughlas Mcgregor proposed two distinct views of human beings: one basically negative,