Why Do we Need Motivation ?



" People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so."
~ Fran Tarkenton

The most difficult job that faces a supervisor is learning how to effectively motivate and keep his/her employees motivated . The average person when asked how to motivate someone will tell you what motivates him or her. Unfortunately, everyone is different and what motivates one employee may only make another employee angry. The method we use to motivate each employee must be tailored to the individual employee. We must offer them something that value as an incentive to work towards a goal. One size does not fit all when it comes to motivation.

Government employees too are not immune towards this need to be motivated. They want to be recognized to ascertain their value for existence. Motivation, or rather the lack of it, is not a problem peculiar to the public sector. However, as government employees are highly visible, our motivational problems are often in the spotlight.

In the following sections of this booklet, we will be discussing ways of tackling motivational problems and provide suggestions on ways you can take to turn lethargy into energy and apathy into commitment with your employees:


Purpose Why Do We Need Motivation? Motivation in the Civil Service Within Our Own Boundary At the Organisational Level Motivation and HRM Your Own Staff Motivation Plan Motivation and You


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