Contemporary Theories of Motivation

Contemporary theories of motivation have one thing in common: Each has a reasonable degree of valid supporting documentation. We call them “contemporary theories” because they represent the latest thinking in explaining employee motivation. This doesn’t mean they are unquestionably right.

Self-Determination Theory

“It’s strange,” said Marcia. “I started work at the Humane Society as a volunteer. I put in 15 hours a week helping people adopt pets. And I loved coming to work. Then, three months ago, they hired me full-time at $11 an hour. I’m doing the same work I did before. But I’m not finding it as much fun.”

Does Marcia’s reaction seem counterintuitive? There’s an explanation for it. It’s called self-determination ...

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