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Motivation Theories in the Workplace

These tasks are modeled along with research links:

a. Choose one of the theories on the attached word document and describe how this theory would and would not be applicable if applied to two or more workplace situations drawn for personal experience (real or made-up).

b. In the case in which the selected theory was not applicable to the workplace situation, assess the need to develop and crate new theoretical models of motivation in today's changing work environment. What are the consequences of falling to meet this challenge? Consider the effects on personal satisfaction and productivity.

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As you choose one of the theories above and describe how this theory would and would not be applicable if applied to two or more workplace situations, please allow my idea to serve as a model for you:

Lazarus' Stress and Coping Theory is applicable to various workplace scenarios. Due to the immediate crunch of deadlines and vast amounts of paperwork on the job in a Public Relations firm, workers experience numerous stressors in order to maintain personal and professional integrity associated with meeting these workplace demands. Lazarus' theory, in turn, is applicable because workplaces can offer and encourage appraisals to help workers "to interpret the impact of the stressor on themselves, of what is happening and what they can do about it" (http://www.cotc.edu/csimpson/Chapt30.htm).

Appraisals encourage workers to do self checks in order to analyze where they are currently in terms of stress management. This theory is helpful as a proactive, not reactive strategy. It might eliminate further problems within the Public Relations firm if workers take appraisals of where they are in terms of anxiety and other feelings.

Lazarus's theory also elaborated on the fight-or-flight hypothesis to describe "the general adaptation syndrome (GAS), a three-stage reaction to stress" (http://www.cotc.edu/csimpson/Chapt30.htm). This theory is applicable to work in a situation where Holly, a shy female secretary of the Public Relations firm, runs away every time the graphic designer, Randy, who is loud, arrogant, and bossy, yells at her or complains that she has typing and spelling errors in her reports for him.

Since Lazarus works with how GAS "describes how the body responds to stressors through the alarm reaction, the resistance stage, and the exhaustion stage" (http://www.cotc.edu/csimpson/Chapt30.htm), this knowledge might help Holly to understand physical events or psychological ...

Solution Summary

A motivational theory is assessed within workplace scenarios.