Posted in : HR Updates on 17 May 2010
Anne Dougan
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Anne Dougan writes:

"Surely to really drive performance we need to motivate people to want to perform. Any advice?"

That's a small question that many academics, theorists, psychologists and HR experts are looking for the definitive answer to.

The theories of human motivation are varied but simply, people come to work because they get something from work. What that something is can be very different depending on the individual. It will also depend what is already satisfied in someone’s list of needs. Remember Maslow’s hierarchy, self actualisation is of little concern if someone has no food or shelter.

However, there are some commonly agreed drivers that motivate people to come to work and to

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