Intrinsic Motivation at Work: Building Energy & Commitment

  • 2h 36m
  • Kenneth W. Thomas, Ph.D
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2000

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
  • Purposeful Work
  • 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
  • Implications