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ethical career training free materials, ideas, tools, tips, templateshome home leadership/management adams' equity theoryToggle navigationrelated materialsadams' equity theoryj stacey adams - equity theory on job motivationJohn Stacey Adams, a workplace and behavioural psychologist, put forward his Equity Theory onjob motivation in 1963. There are similarities with Charles Handy's extension and interpretation ofprevious simpler theories of Maslow, Herzberg and other pioneers of workplace psychology, inthat the theory acknowledges that subtle and variable factors affect each individual's assessmentand perception of their relationship with their work, and thereby their employer. However,awareness and cognizance of the wider situation - and crucially comparison - feature morestrongly in Equity Theory than in many other earlier motivational models.The Adams' Equity Theory model therefore extends beyond the individual self, and incorporatesinfluence and comparison of other people's situations - for example colleagues and friends - informing a comparative view and awareness of Equity, which commonly manifests as a sense ofwhat is fair.When people feel fairly or advantageously treated they are more likely to be motivated; when theyfeel unfairly treated they are highly prone to feelings of disaffection and demotivation. The waythat people measure this sense of fairness is at the heart of Equity Theory.Equity, and thereby the motivational situation we migh

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