Psy 428 Week 2 Motivation Theories Paper

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Team D Motivation Theories Psy/428 Introduction Motivation is a subject matter that continues to be studied. Many psychologists have researched this topic, Maslow, Adams, Alderfer, and Herzberg theories have given society an understanding of motivation in the workplace. Even though there are differences in each theory the basic goal of each is to provide organizations with the tools to improve the employee’s commitment to his or her job. Dent and Holton (2009) said that employee commitment and motivation is significantly more than providing a job and paying individuals. The theories that will be discussed in this paper is going to contain the evidence that will support that declaration. Maslow Hierarchy of Needs Theory Maslow’s theory of Hierarchy of needs was developed because Maslow wanted to know how people are motivated. His theory was based on the idea that everyone’s motivation that is not based on a being rewarded or personal desires. He believed that people were motivated by fulfilling one’s needs. Maslow created a list of five motivational needs that is based on a pyramid. The pyramid started with the highest level of needs down to the lowest level of needs. The bottom starts with the basic needs, then safety needs, social…show more content…
According to, the Adams Equity Theory, what motivates people working within an organization is the employee’s perception of equitability. The Adams theory suggests employee perceptions of equal input and outcome ratios, in comparison to coworkers can encourage or discourage individual motivation. Adams Equity Theory suggests an employee’s motivational basis regarding individual inputs, such as productivity and efficiency, is equal, or equitable, to the outcome he or she receives from performing the job, including pay or recognition (Adams,

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