Intrinsic Motivation at Work: Building Energy & Commitment
- 2h 36m
- Kenneth W. Thomas, Ph.D
- Berrett-Koehler Publishers
It Takes More Than Money to Motivate Today's Workers
In today's workplace, where managers expect workers and teams to self-manage their work, employes demand more than just extrinsic motivators such as pay, benefits, pension plans and the like. For today's workers, intrinsic rewards--the psychological rewards workers get directly from the work itself--are essential.
Grounded in solid research, Intrinsic Motivation at Work provides a diagnostic framework for addressing the issue of intrinsic motivation and details essential ways to build it. Ken Thomas describes four intrinsic rewards that make work energizing and fulfilling for today's employees:
- a sense of purpose or meaninfulness,
- the ability to choose how the tasks are performed
- a sense of competence from performing work activities well, and
- a sense of progress.
Thomas details the building blocks leaders and workers can use to create these rewards in the workplace and spells out the practical implications for building motivation at every level of an organization.
About the Author
Kenneth W. Thomas, Ph.D., is a professor of management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has also served on the management faculties at UCLA, Temple University, and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was director of the doctoral program. He is internationally known for his research and training materials on conflict management. He is the author of several training instruments, including the bestselling Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, and is featured in the prize-winning training video Dealing with Conflict.
In this Book
The Shift from Compliance to Partnership
Extrinsic Rewards Are No Longer Enough
Getting Beyond Rational-Economic Assumptions
Self-Management in the Pursuit of Purpose
The Rewards of Self-Management
Building a Sense of Meaningfulness
Building a Sense of Choice
Building a Sense of Competence
Building a Sense of Progress