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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Helen Strong
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Sashi Rao
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Bill Hassey
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Norman Dragt

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I would not immediatly say that motivation is misunderstood. More it is rather complex. That's why i... Sign up 10-3-2023

Leigh Cowan
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Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States

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