Misunderstandings About Motivation




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Ndawula Primah
Student (MBA), Uganda

Misunderstandings About Motivation

Motivating employees is found to be hard by many people. The reason for that could well be that motivation is misunderstood. So I would like to put across and discuss all misconceptions around motivation:
  1. People are primarily motivated financially. Motivation can be done even without financial benefits. Take an example of a thank you from your boss, a pat on the back, a recognition letter, a hand shake, and many more. All these things don't require a penny to be spent.
  2. Motivation is a thing for managers. Motivation should not necessarily come from the boss only. I would like to point out that motivation can also come from peers among each other and even from subordinates to their bosses.
  3. Motivation is a private thing. Motivation is also a way to influence your colleagues to work happy in a happy environment. That only "thing" that keeps them smiling everyday at work.
Any other misconceptions around motivations? Please add them!
 

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Candy Geiger
United States
 

Misunderstandings on Motivation

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Leigh Cowan
CEO, Australia
 

Firm Foundations for Employee Motivation

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Gera
Teacher, Kenya
 

There is More than One MEVPIV

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vincent
Nigeria
 

Assess Employee's Needs Before Motivating

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Prasad Chundi
Consultant, India
 

Broader View of Motivation

I agree with misconception #1 (People are primarily motivated financially). Motivating is the actio... Sign up

 
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sunil
 

Money Remains Important in Motivation

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Terry W Flanary
Manager, United States
 

Motivation Factors Differ per Individual

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

The 7th Misconception About Motivation

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Helen Strong
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

#8. Motivation Follows Only from Positive Incentives

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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Confusing Motivation with Motivating

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Sashi Rao
Management Consultant, India
 

Motivation - Tangible and Intangible Benefits

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Bill Hassey
Professor, United States
 

Motivation is from Within

I fully agree with those who have said that motivation is internal. In my experience, motivation is ... Sign up 10-3-2023

 
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Norman Dragt
Netherlands
 

Is Motivation Misunderstood or Complex to Implement?

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Leigh Cowan
CEO, Australia
 

Motivating Workers Means Harmony of Beliefs, and Thoughts Throughout the Organisations - Ensuring Teamwork and Selfless Collaboration!

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Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States
 

Motivation is an Inside Job

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