Study notes

Motivation - Introduction

  • Levels: GCSE, AS, A Level
  • Exam boards: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB, Other, Pre-U

Business experts disagree on the precise meaning of the term motivation. However, in essence motivation is, about

"The will to work"

Motivation comes from the enjoyment of the work itself and/or from the desire to achieve certain goals e.g. earn more money or achieve promotion.

Why does motivation matter in business?

In short, people's behaviour is determined by what motivates them. The performance of employees is a product of both their abilities (e.g. skills & experience) and motivation. A talented employee who feels de-motivated is unlikely to perform well at work, whereas a motivated employee can often deliver far more than is expected from them!

A well-motivated workforce can provide the following advantages:

Better productivity (amount produced per employee). This can lead to lower unit costs of production and so enable a firm to sell its product at a lower price

Lower levels of absenteeism as the employees are content with their working lives

Lower levels of staff turnover (the number of employees leaving the business). This can lead to lower training and recruitment costs

Improved industrial relations with trade unions

Contented workers give the firm a good reputation as an employer so making it easier to recruit the best workers

Motivated employees are likely to improve product quality or the customer service associated with a product

Job board

Teacher of Business and Economics 9 days left to apply

King Edward VII School, Sheffield

New

Join the tutor2u community

With a tutor2u account you can access extra features to support your teaching & learning.

Subscribe to the daily digest

Curate your own content

Track your training schedule

Manage your resource library

Receive job alerts

Join the community

Already joined? Sign in now ›

More From the Digital Store

An exam-style and exam-standard end of unit assessment for Edexcel A Level Business Theme 1.4 Managing People.

£15.00 (+VAT)

Edexcel A Level Business Unit Assessment (Theme 1: 1.4 Managing People)

A comprehensive collection of editable calculation practice sheets for the new 2017 Edexcel GCSE Business specification.

£50.00 (+VAT)

Edexcel GCSE Business Calculation Practice Sheets Vol1 (2017 Spec)

Topic-by-topic editable PowerPoint presentations on the Year 2 teaching content for Edexcel A Level Business.

£100.00 (+VAT)

Edexcel A Level Business (Year 2) Teacher PowerPoint Presentations

Recruitment

Advertise your vacancies with tutor2u

Much cheaper & more effective than TES or the Guardian. Reach the audience you really want to apply for your teaching vacancy by posting directly to our website and related social media audiences.

Find our more ›

Advertise your teaching jobs with tutor2u