Monday, March 30, 2009

A Look at Extrinsic Motivation

Executive Summary By David Peters
Sometimes extrinsic motivation can be of the positive kind while other times it can be negative. Positive extrinsic motivation (
Motivation for Success - Successful Motivation
) can come by way of incentives, money, discounts, etc.
Many workplaces offer promotions, cash incentives or trips as a form of positive extrinsic motivation in a tangible way. Other forms of extrinsic motivation that are commonly found at offices are intangible forms such as public commendations or praise for a job well done.
Extrinsic motivation has its negative side as well. Negative extrinsic motivation can also be used to push people into doing something.
Negative motivation often takes the form of threats, blackmail, bribery or pressure in one form or another. Extrinsic motivation is very much a part of many workplaces. Intangible rewards work as extrinsic motivation, which include praise for one's accomplishments and/or a public acknowledgment of work that was well handled or well done.

A Clear Explanation of What is Motivation and Extrinsic Motivation
Executive Summary By Frank De Sousa
Motivation is a driving force. Extrinsic Motivation
Extrinsic motivators are not as effective as intrinsic ones, so being self-motivated gives you a better chance at succeeding. Motivation is intrinsic (internal); it comes from within based on personal interests, desires, and need for fulfillment. However, extrinsic (external) factors such as rewards, praise, and promotions also influence motivation.
It is an individual matter and one needs to know and understand the individuals that are to be motivated because most individuals have their own goals and aspirations.

Apter Motivation - Understand Its Intrinsic And Extrinsic Forms
Executive Summary By Abhishek Agarwal
Hobbies undertaken by students, such as fishing or camping are examples of intrinsic forms of motivation. They undertake these tasks for the pure joy of the task itself.
So how do you know when you experience intrinsic motivation? With the work scenarios as they are today, company managers are constantly looking for new ways to motivate their employees to work harder, by offering various fringe benefits and rewards, and this is again an example of extrinsic motivation at work.

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