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Summary

What motivates people to do their best work in any endeavor they undertake? Management theory and practice has traditionally focused on elements that Kenneth Thomas calls "extrinsic motivators": pay, benefits, status, bonuses, commissions, pension plans, expense budgets, and the like. While these are powerful motivators, particularly in command/control job situations where workers have little or no say in how the job is managed, by themselves they are no longer enough.

In today's organizations, where managers expect workers and teams to self-manage their work, intrinsic rewards are essential. This breakthrough book provides the first comprehensive treatment of intrinsic motivation in the workplace - the psychological rewards workers get directly from the work itself - offering clear advice on how companies can harness its tremendous power to develop a more committed, self-managing workforce. Written in an engaging, accessible style and grounded in solid academic research, the book provides a diagnostic framework for addressing problems of intrinsic motivation and essential ways to build it.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2000, 2002, 2009 Kenneth W. Thomas (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • Stuart Anderson
  • 24-05-15

Good

This has some nice info but I think that it is a little wordy and fast. I did insert quite a few bookmarks. The author is quite passionate about the subject. This is a good book I purchased the kindle edition so I could visualize the content to ensure that I wasn't missing information

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  • Adam
  • 21-02-18

great ideas & research. exhausting presentation

the presentation is really... corporate? he's right on most counts according the research but it reads like a corporate training video you're forced to watch on day one of a new job.

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  • Hugh W. Cox
  • 15-09-15

Good information bad audio presentation

The information is good for employees making at least a living wage but for part time employees or employees working multiple jobs I still think money matters more than job satisfaction.
The presentation is clear but keeps referring to a pdf file and the appendix. Its hard to look at those while you are driving.