Unit II Journal Discussion Post – Does Pay Motivate You?

Does pay personally motivate you to perform, avoid absenteeism, and create employee loyalty? If so, why? What does your current or past place employment do outside of pay to encourage/motivate employees? Please explain.

Pay is a necessary but not sufficient factor of motivation. Every employee agrees to a job that earns them good wages and salaries. According to reinforcement theory of learning, individual behaviors are driven by expected consequences. A reinforcement encourages good behavior while punishment decreases undesired behaviors. Salaries and wages are stimuli or positive reinforcements that promote good behaviors such as increased performance and task performance. However, pay alone is not enough to create employee satisfaction and loyalty.

Employers do more than just pay to motivate their employees. Based on Herzberg’s theory of motivation, salaries and wages are hygiene factors that only serve the purpose of helping employees to avoid dissatisfaction. Other hygiene factors include promotion, working conditions, and rules and regulations. The second factor of motivation based on this theory is motivators such as responsibilities, the job itself, recognition, and training and development. These motivating factors can motivate me further to avoid absenteeism and become more loyal to the organization.

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