In the world of work, motivation translates into productivity and employers know that when employees are highly motivated, goals are achieved and ultimately, this brings success. On the other hand, when motivation is low, it can cost them money. To show that you are a motivated person and that you can motivate others, you must first know what motivates you. With this awareness, you will be able to talk convincingly about what you are enthusiastic about, what energizes you and how you motivate others.

This module will help users to:

  • Understand what motivates people to work
  • Reflect on what motivates them and factors that maintain motivation
  • Understand motivation as it relates to their own job satisfaction
  • Become aware of their own motivation skills
What motivates you in your job? What is, or was, your level of job satisfaction in your present or previous job?

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

– Lou Holtz

The importance of motivation at work

Motivation is defined as “Internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.” –

"Motivation means a process of stimulating people to action to accomplish desired goods.” —William G. Scott

“Motivation is the process of attempting to influence others to do your will through the possibility of gain or reward.” — Flippo

If we look at the root of the word ‘motivation’, it comes from the word ‘motive’. Motivation can be seen as the cause or reason for an action.


Motivation is associated with words such as commitment and desire. It is the cause, stimulus, maintenance factor and control of behavior. Motivation is important in all aspects of our lives. In the workplace, motivation plays a critical role in determining output, outcome, productivity and profit. When employees are motivated, organizations benefit from speed, efficiency, higher morale, and ultimately increased revenue. Added benefits for the organization are that goals of the organization are achieved, there is less employee turn-over, less absenteeism, better relationships and as a result, better team spirit.


Employers want a motivated workforce and in the hiring process candidates are often asked questions to determine their level of motivation.


We have seen all the benefits that motivated employees can bring to the organization. What benefits does motivation bring to the employee? This is where job satisfaction comes in.