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The question arises, is it possible for a manager to motivate an employee? Personally, I
believe it depends on the employer’s tactics and motives for motivating an employee. It
also depends on the employee’s perception of the motivation; if an employee is
disgruntle, any sort of motivation from an employer or manager may be hopeless. The
employee has to be willing to be inspired before any type of motivation will work.
Intrinsic motivation cannot be forced by anyone, it needs to come from within the
employee’s own personal feelings or willpower. The employee must get some sort of
enjoyment or satisfaction from doing a good job or wanting to do a better job. A person
climbing the corporate ladder, achieving a better position with higher pay, is a prime
example of intrinsic motivation. The inspiration came from within the employee to want
better for himself/herself. This type of motivation must come from within the employee,
not forced by a manager or employer.
Extrinsic motivation can be a resourceful way to motivate employees. With the Holiday
season upon us, many companies have employee incentives for top-selling sales
associates. For instance, Verizon associates are participating in an incentive program
during the holiday season. The program is giving the top-seller in each store a 5-day
vacation for two to anywhere in the Continental United States. This type of motivation
offers a reward when something is accomplished. Employees are subjected to extreme
amount of competition for this reward. Extrinsic motivation should be used with extreme
caution because some employees will come to rely on the reward to follow motivation.
My past experience with extrinsic motivation has proven to be beneficial for the
company; however, it has also created many hard feeling among coworkers in situations
as explained in the previous paragraph. Some people cannot handle being second best,
therefore creating hard feelings between the winner and the runner-up. I have always
been the type of person to put forth all my effort to achieve my goals, using intrinsic
motivation as my valuable tool. I do not need something dangled, a prize so to say, in
front of me to want to do a good job and be proud of the job that I do.

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