The great motivational myth

Pounds, Jerry
September 2006
Management Services;Autumn2006, Vol. 50 Issue 3, p40
Academic Journal
The article addresses the issue of employee motivation. The notion that there is a vast pool of unmotivated people out there is a myth perpetuated by management since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. If production is down or product quality is poor, the first step on the problem-solving agenda is to blame lackluster performance on unmotivated employees. The key to solving any problem is to first precisely identify the causal factors. The core job of managers is to encourage employee engagement and effort through discussions about the work with the employee.


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