Theme: Is Money a Real Motivator?
How do you feel on a typical Sunday morning? Are you generally enthused, looking forward to work? Is there a burning sense of purpose, and joy?
What is that motivates you to perform at work? Is it money or something else?
When it comes to money's influence on work there are two schools of thoughts.
One school of thought says that money can be a real motivator. According to the father of scientific management, Frederick Winslow Taylor, worker's motivation is solely determined by the pay and not by the psychological or social aspects of work.
The other school of thought advocates that money is not the real motivator bringing lasting happiness and satisfaction from work. Supporting this thought, for example, David McClelland a personality psychologist believed that a worker cannot be motivated by money alone.
What do you believe? Do you support the argument that money is a real motivator, or Not?
Some of you may argue that money is the main source of motivation, as all of us have come to the United Arab Emirates primarily to earn money.
However, this discourse will help you to realize that money cannot act as a real motivator on the long-term.
First of all let us understand what motivation is. The tenth edition of the book Organizational Behavior defines motivation as "Motivation refers to forces within an individual that account for the level, direction and, persistence of effort expended at work."
As per this definition a motivational factor should give you
1.Direction, 2. Level and 3. Persistence
The same book goes on to explain that:
Direction refers to the individual's choice when presented with a number of possible alternatives.
Level refers to the amount of effort put forth by a person towards a task.
Persistence refers to the length of time a person sticks to a given action.
Further motivational factors are classified as either intrinsic or extrinsic.
When the task itself is experienced as...