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Theories of motivations

Theories of motivations

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What are the theories of motivations?

Motivation theories are theory backed by proof motivation theories relate specifically to the factors that make people interested in doing their job and motivated enough to do it well.

Theories of motivation include:

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Establishes that individuals' motivation is highest when they satisfy their basic physiological, safety, and belonging needs.
  • Vroom’s Expectancy Theory: Emphasizes that individuals will increase their motivation when opportunities grow.
  • Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory: Establishes that individuals have motivation when they feel they are making progress (vs. being told to).

Why does the theories of motivation are necessary?

Theories of motivation are necessary in order to provide a framework for understanding why people behave the way they do. By understanding the different theories of motivation, we can better predict and explain human behavior. Additionally, theories of motivation can help us design interventions and policies that are more likely to be effective in influencing people's behavior.