Discussion- Ch10 – Coursework Example
Discussion The two-factor theory by Herzberg identifies two factors of motivating employees: motivational and hygiene factors. Motivation factors or motivators are those factors that enhance positive satisfaction among employees through the improvement of intrinsic conditions. They include achievement, recognition and personal growth (Herzberg, 1959). On the other hand, hygiene factors include salary, benefits and job security which may not enhance positive satisfaction but their absence cause dissatisfaction. Hygiene factors are also factors outside the work itself including company policies and supervisory practices (Herzberg, 1959). Salaries and wages eliminate dissatisfaction at the workplace because they ensure that employees get paid for their work. Although they may not be satisfied, employees often continue working for certain wages and salaries in order to meet their daily needs. Therefore, salaries and wages are mainly hygiene factors. It is important to offer employees good salaries in order to enhance their maintenance and continued work relationship with the employer. A bonus can be a motivator because it involves a reward for one’s achievement. It motivates an individual to attain a certain goal in order to be rewarded. Bonus and benefits can also be regarded as a form of recognizing employees for their hard work. Benefits can motivate employees to perform better at the workplace.
Response to Jeannie Thai
I agree with Jeannie Thai. Wages indeed improve the wellbeing of individuals; hence it is an important hygiene factor. I think it is true to say that one should have a well-paying job in order to meet their needs. Absence of this may lead to dissatisfaction and cause poor performance.
Herzberg, Frederick; Mausner, Bernard and Snyderman, Barbara B. The Motivation to Work (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley, 1959. Print