This paper examines how an understanding of motivation theories can help managers increase employee performance when implemented through practical, doable applications that increase employee motivation. The creation of a motivational workplace where demotivating activities are avoided; the development of a motivational managerial approach that promotes employee performance and satisfaction; and the institution of equitable reward policies that provide real, attainable incentives¨all based on an understanding of motivational theories¨can help bring such theories into the realm of the practical.
Motivation Theories and Employee Performance
An understanding of motivation theories can help managers increase employee performance. Employees generally fall into two types: self-motivated, and those that require external motivation to stay motivated. Self-motivated employees tend to exhibit good performance even if they are never provided with much external motivation, but their performance increases still more if they are provided with that motivation. Employees that do require external motivation certainly improve in performance when skillfully motivated. Highly motivated employees are highly productive employees, and they do superior