Recently in September, I came across a column in the STAR newspaper which discussed about ‘Motivation at Work’. Fresh graduates and experienced workers poured out their frustrations on jobs that does not motivates them, current happenings in organisations now and also about things that motivates them at work.
There are many types of generations at work places now, the ‘Old School’, ‘Baby Boomers’, ‘Gen X’ and the ‘Milleniers’. Each generation’s employees carry different characteristic and style of working but they have one common need ‘MOTIVATION’ in order to perform at work place.
In this assignment, I will discuss further on the types of motivation provided by organisation to sustain their employees. There are two type of motivation, the ‘Intrinsic Motivation’ and ‘Extrinsic Motivation’. Since I am working in an organization and my work requires me to handle team buildings for employees, I will explain further on how my organization motivates its employees intrinsically and extrinsically.
Intrinsic motivation refers to motivation that comes from inside an individual rather than from any external or outside rewards, such as money or grades (Intrinsic Motivation, About.com Guide – 2012). A person who is intrinsically motivated will even work on a math equation because it is enjoyable.
Malone and Lepper (1987) have defined intrinsic motivation more simply in terms of what people will do without an external incentive. Malone and Lepper have integrated a large amount of research on motivational theory into a synthesis of ways to design environments that are intrinsically motivating (education.purduecal.edu).
At my workplace, the organization often focuses on building intrinsic motivation into management training and executive coaching. In a usual workplace scenario, the managers tend to recognize the role of intrinsic rewards in their own motivation, but often underestimate their importance for other people. In...