Group Motivation



CHALLENGES: lack of motivation, lack of effort, lack of engagement, lack of support, lack of loyalty, poor communication, teamwork, boredom


REACTIONS: uncertainty, stress, anger, frustration, loss of confidence, anxiety, fear, disinterest


RESEARCH: The social context of one’s work affects both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation (Ryan & Deci, 2000). How one perceives their group’s efficacy can affect their loyalty to the task (Amabile, 1993).

Loyalty is an important part of the motivation process. A person’s values help shape how loyal they are (Meyer, Becker & Vandenberghe, 2004). Lack of support from the manager can hurt motivation and result in less loyalty (Alderton, 1999).


TIPS: Be supportive. Creating a work culture of support starts with how you treat your workers. Show workers that you care about them regardless of failure in order to boost their trust in you and loyalty to their job.

Give workers tasks to attempt and complete as a team. Having people work with each other and show mutual respect can improve motivation and success (Gagne & Deci, 2005). Emphasizing teamwork shows that you trust your workers to take on challenging tasks and get great results.



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