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In today's complex and challenging business world, motivating employees in the

workplace has been an ongoing challenge and study. Motivation is directly associated

with an organizations success. Businesses that excel invest in their people, create a

dynamic corporate culture and foster an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration.

Motivating employees in the workplace is less challenging than most managers believe.

Motivation is a key factor in organizational success, and it can be accomplished by

using four simple yet effective steps such as: increasing confidence, providing trust,

bringing a sense of satisfaction to each individual employee, and maintaining discipline.

However, when going about these steps, managers have to first analyze the problems

associated with their employees, and their organization. You have to encourage your

employees to do what you actually want them to do.

In large corporations, motivation has been for the most part abandoned because

of massive restructuring, re-engineering, and downsizing.

The explanation for this is

that the level of trust and commitment that is required for motivation, and necessary for

employees to apply the extra effort, has been greatly damaged. When properly

motivated, employees tend to exert an increased amount of effort for longer periods of

time towards a particular goal. Companies have begun to realize this and act

accordingly to benefit the company and its desired long term objectives. The factors

that are believed to motivate an employee greatly differ from person to person, and

company to company. There are two main categories that are used to propose

motivation theories, they are content theories and process theories. Content theories

explain the dynamics of employee needs, and process theories describe the way need

deficiencies are translated into behavior. Both of these theories are used to reduce

tension. For content theories of motivation, companies recognize that motivation begins

with the needs...