MOTIVATIONAL JUNK FOOD VERSUS HEALTH FOOD
Culture and optimal motivation will ideally support and reinforce one another. Managers who resist short-term, motivational fixes and focus on more long-term approaches will create an environment, over time, that helps employees manage their own motivation effectively in ways that benefit the individual and the organization.
In the Why the Way We Motivate People–And Ourselves–Matters (2014), Susan Fowler identified short-term “junk food” motivational approaches and more effective, long-term “health food” approaches. In this Discussion, you will reflect on your own experience with these two types of approaches and use that reflection to define action steps you can take as a manager to use long-term motivational approaches with your employees.
Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
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To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review the article Why the Way We Motivate People–And Ourselves–Matters from this week’s Learning Resources.
- Reflect on your experiences with managers throughout your career.
BY DAY 3
Post an evaluation of the impact of managerial approaches on employee motivation and engagement. Specifically:
- Describe one experience in which a manager used a particular “junk food” approach and one experience where a manager used a specific “health food” approach to motivating employees.
- Explain the short-term and long-term results and effects of each approach on the employees, as well as on the organization, if applicable.
- Formulate at least three actions you will take as a manager to ensure you are providing motivational “health food” to your employees.
Note: When using specific examples from your professional experience, be sure to disguise the names of any individuals or organizations.