Monday, April 5, 2010

Frederick Herzberg’s Motivator-Hygiene Theory

In chapter eight it covers individual and group theories involving different roles of motivation. An interesting theory I came across was Frederick Herzberg’s Motivator-Hygiene Theory. He found distinct factors like achievement, responsibility, and recognition in job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. These factors he listed are associated with strong effort and good performance. I thought this was very interesting because he hypothesized that if a company can motivate employees with these factors it can move an individual from a state of no satisfaction to satisfaction and increase performance. Herzberg also discussed hygiene factors as non motivational in job satisfaction or dissatisfaction. I believe hygiene can influence ones job satisfaction in the work environment. Being around people with grouse hygiene will not only effect that person but others around as well.

Kreitner, Robert. Organizational Behavior. 9th ed. Vol. 1. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2010.

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