Hierarchy of Needs Theory Psychological: Includes hunger, thirst, shelter, sex, and other bodily needs. Safety: Includes security and protection from physical and emotional harm. Social: Includes affection, belongingness, acceptance, and friendship. Esteem: Includes internal esteem factors such as self-respect, autonomy, and achievement; and external esteem factors such as status, recognition, and attention. Self-actualization: The drive to become one is capable of becoming; includes growth, achieving one’s potential, and self-fulfillment.
Theory X and Theory Y (Douglas McGregor) Assumptions of Theory X 1.Employees inherently dislike work and, whenever possible, will attempt to avoid it; 2.Since employees dislike work, they must be coerced, controlled, or threatened with punishment to achieve goals; 3.Employees will avoid responsibilities and seek formal direction whenever possible; 4.Most workers place security above all other factors associated with work and will display little ambition.
Theory X and Theory Y (Douglas McGregor) Assumptions of Theory Y 1.Employees can view work as being as natural as rest or play; 2.People will exercise self-direction and self-control if they are committed to the objectives; 3.The average person can learn to accept, even seek, responsibility; 4.The ability to make innovative decisions is widely dispersed throughout the population and is not necessarily the sole province of those in management positions.
Two-Factor Theory (Frederick Herzberg) Extrinsic Vs. Intrinsic Factors * Intrinsic factors are related to job satisfaction and motivation. These are motivational factors . * Extrinsic factors are associated with job dissatisfaction . These are maintenance factors .
Comparison of Satisfiers and Dissatisfiers Factors characterizing events on the job that led to extreme job dissatisfaction Factors characterizing events on the job that led to extreme job satisfaction
Contrasting Views of Satisfaction and Dissatisfaction Presence Absence
The procedure that Herzberg used is limited by its methodology . When things are going well, people tend to take credit themselves. Contrarily, they blame failure on the extrinsic environment.
The reliability of Herzberg,s methodology is questioned. Raters have to make interpretations, so they may contaminate the findings by interpreting one response in one manner while treating a similar response differently.
No overall measure of satisfaction was utilized. A person may dislike part of his or her job yet still think the job is acceptable.
Criticisms of Two-Factor Theory, Contd., 4. The theory is inconsistent with previous research . The two-factor theory ignores situational variables. 5. Herzberg assumed a relationship between satisfaction and productivity , but the research methodology he used looked only at satisfaction, not at productivity. To make such research relevant, one must assume a strong relationship between satisfaction and productivity. Regardless of criticisms, Herzberg’s theory has been widely read and few managers are unfamiliar with his recommendations.
ERG Theory (Clayton Alderfer) Core Needs Existence : provision of basic material requirements. Relatedness : desire for relationships. Growth : desire for personal development. Concepts: More than one need can be operative at the same time. If a higher-level need cannot be fulfilled, the desire to satisfy a lower-level need increases.
David McClelland’s Theory of Needs This theory focuses on three needs: achievement , power , and affiliation that help explain motivation. Some people have a compelling drive to succeed. They are for personal achievement rather than the rewards of success. The need for power is the desire to have impact, to be influential, and to control others. Affiliation needs are desires to be liked and accepted by others.
Cognitive Evaluation Theory, Contd., For example , extrinsic rewards such as, PAY for work effort that had been previously intrinsically rewarding due to the pleasure associated with the content of the work itself would tend to decrease the overall level of motivation. This theory argues that when extrinsic rewards are used by organizations as payoffs for superior performance, the intrinsic rewards, which are derived from individuals doing what they like, are reduced. In other words, when extrinsic rewards are given to someone for performing an interesting task, it causes intrinsic interest in the task itself to decline.
Goal-Setting Theory (Edwin Locke, 1960s) Lockle proposed that intentions to work toward a goal are a major source of work motivation. Goals tell an employee what needs to be done and how much effort will need to be expanded. Specific goals increase performance; that difficult goals, when accepted, result in higher performance than do easy goals.
Reinforcement Theory A counterpoint to Goal-setting theory is Reinforcement Theory. The former is a cognitive approach, proposing that an individual’s purposes direct his or her action. This theory argues, reinforcement conditions behavior . Behavior is a function of its consequences. Reinforcement theorists see behavior as being environmentally caused . Reinforcement theory ignores the inner state of the individual and concentrates solely on what happens to a person when he or she takes some action.
Reinforcement Theory Concepts: Behavior is environmentally caused. Behavior can be modified (reinforced) by providing (controlling) consequences. Reinforced behavior tends to be repeated.
Job Design Theory (cont’d) Skill Variety The degree to which a job requires a variety of different activities (how may different skills are used in a given day, week, month?). Task Identity The degree to which the job requires completion of a whole and identifiable piece of work (from beginning to end). Task Significance The degree to which the job has a substantial impact on the lives or work of other people.
Job Design Theory (cont’d) Autonomy The degree to which the job provides substantial freedom and discretion to the individual in scheduling the work and in determining the procedures to be used in carrying it out. Feedback The degree to which carrying out the work activities required by a job results in the individual obtaining direct and clear information about the effectiveness of his or her performance.
Computing a Motivating Potential Score People who work on jobs with high core dimensions are generally more motivated, satisfied, and productive. Job dimensions operate through the psychological states in influencing personal and work outcome variables rather than influencing them directly.
Equity Theory Referent Comparisons: Self-inside Self-outside Other-inside Other-outside