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Cognitive Motivational Concepts Applied to the Workplace

How can cognitive motivational concepts be applied to the workplace?

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Firstly, consider what cognitive motivational theory is: The Encyclopedia of Britannica defines it as a "collection of theories which assumes that motivation stems from active processing and interpretation of available information" (perception). This means that motivation is dependent on what a person perceives and can be changed based on the variables surrounding such perceptions.

In general, there are some concepts regarding motivators and variables that influence motivation that are worth explaining. Extrinsic motivators are those which are tangible rewards that motivate a person to achieve a goal. Money is the classic example - a tangible reward that motivates people to do their jobs. Others include bonuses, gifts, prizes etc. Intangible rewards are intrinsic motivators. Such things as the strive to serve others, to make the world a better place, to always get the best deal etc. can motivate a person strongly to achieve certain goals. Intrinsic motivators are often deep within a person's psyche, and are often viewed upon as powerful motivators to tap into. Keep in mind that a person's ...

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The solution discusses the cognitive motivational concepts applied to the workplace.