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Which intrinsic motivators do you value the most and why?

What are some of the characteristics of work itself that can be inherently motivating (e.g., variety, challenge, decision-making authority, pride in ownership, sense of progress, closure, or customer interface)?

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Intrinsic motivators valued most
Newstrom and Davis (1997) define intrinsic motivators as internal rewards that a person feels when performing a job. Such motivators would make the person self- motivated. An example of this motivator is a personal satisfaction that a person gets for a job well done or a sense of completion. Other intrinsic motivators include a doing the task right or being able to create something out of the performance of the job.
People vary in terms of the degree by which they value the intrinsic motivators depending on certain factors such as interests, position, and past achievements. A person whose interest is in being able to create something new or something different would value a job that would ...

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The solution discusses which intrinsic motivators are most valuable. An analysis of what characteristics of work can be inherently motivation.

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Why do external rewards sometimes backfire?
When are external rewards most effective in motivating people? When are internal rewards most effective?
Give examples of the effective use of both internal and external rewards. You may refer to your own experience, those of your friends and colleagues, or situations discussed in articles you've read.
Support your arguments with at least four sources, appropriately cited and referenced.

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