In the work place there are several types of motivation in which some management staff fails to acknowledge. Everyone has been there at one point or another, when the boss tells you to get something done. I know with my military background the motivational methods used were a little on the singular minded side of physical training, or motivation by exertion or fear. This motivational method tended to only motivate you if you are already failing and didn’t motivate you on a daily basis directly other than a just make you angry and frustrated with your superiors. If all management was required to have a course on different types of motivation and how to identify it, production and company moral would rise.
Taking into account my military background I have experience with people from different; ethnical, spiritual and sexual background, which also states that they all have different motivational styles. If I was to approach them all with the standard military motivation it may work on the males better than the females just as a general observation, but what about culturally? The way we motivate cannot be singular in form; it must encompass all strengths and weaknesses of a person in order to make them better.
Extrinsic Motivation seems to be the key in the military to motivation, but when we translate that to the civilian world we have to make some changes. Extrinsic motivation is that act to motivate through rewards or punishment, with that it seems to be a simple concept but it has depth beyond that. Extrinsic motivation is the worker saying, “If I do this I will not be fired, and maybe even get a promotion”. You see this all the time in big movies where the peon is worked tirelessly in order for a promotion realistically is not going to come soon. This can be modified to accommodate more sudden rewards, as well as punishments for those inclined to fail.
Extrinsic motivation in the military is a key staple in their rewards and punishment program. The...