Employee Motivation and why it is Critical to eLearning Success

What Is Motivation?

Simply put, motivation is the reason for acting or behaving in a particular way. These reasons which may be external or internal can be leveraged to influence individuals to carry out assignments. This explains how leaders, employers and teachers can motivate their followers, employees, and learners respectively to act in a desired manner.

That said, there’s a not-so-effective way motivation has been pursued in the past.

Employee Motivation in the Wrong Direction

One of the earliest principles of motivation people know is the reward and pain concept. Individuals are motivated to act in a certain way to obtain an external benefit or avoid pain, hence the use of rewards and punishment.

This is exemplified by the “the carrot and the stick” concept where the carrot represents a reward the employee gets for obedience and the stick is punishment for disobedience. This is ineffective and scientific discoveries show us why.

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