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can u define and differentiate intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? tnx.....
7th July 2005 From Philippines, Pampanga
Intrinsic Motivation means...a self motivated person..
Extrinsic Motivation means.. a person who requires foreign Body motivation i.e Some other individual to motivate them.
Hope I answered you.. & I hope am right :-)
7th July 2005 From India, New Delhi
Hi Pol
Intrinsic motivation causes people to engage in an activity for its own sake. A hobby is a typical example.
Traditionally, extrinsic motivation has been used to motivate employees: Payments, rewards, control, or punishments.
7th July 2005 From India, Ahmadabad
I always find this an interesting area of discussion, especially when you link it to job satisfaction.
Appropriate extrinsic motivators are essential to get people out of bed and off to work each day, but it is the instrinsic factors that make people love their jobs and be truly productive. Conversely, a lack of intrinsic motivation will have someone dragging themselves through each day, doing as little as possible, without actually being caught out!
7th July 2005 From Australia, Ballarat
Greetings, all.

numerouno is absolutely correct in his posting.

Research study after research study indicates that there is nothing which allows the creation of a positive climate of motivation for an employee more than job satisfaction.

Salary and benefits may demonstrate short-term performance improvement, but over the long run, our studies have shown that an employee evolves to a point where he/she convinces himself/herself that they are "worth" whatever salary he/she is being paid--especially if the payment is at above-market rates.

The intrinsic satisfaction factors continue to motivate to higher and better levels of job performance.

Keep in mind that considering the basics of motivation theory, I cannot motivate you to "do" anything; I can create a climate of motivation where you can "motivate yourself" to achieve goals, but I have little or no ability to motivate you--only to influence your motivation.

The proverbial boss that abuses his/her employees to achieve more and more finds that he/she limits his/her own personal and professional growth because of turnover, hostility, undermining of authority, etc, from subordinates.

If we go back to Abraham Maslow, and his Hierarchy of Needs, we can begin to tie together our "needs" to the ways we "achieve" our needs, and understand a bit more that a basic paycheck simply addresses the basic human needs; additional compensation above base living levels allows us to seek out areas not necessarily basic in nature.

I hope this is helpful. If I can be of any additional assistance, please post a question or comment.

With best regards.

Alan Guinn, Managing Director

The Guinn Consultancy Group, Inc.
8th July 2005 From United States, Bluff City
Hey Guyz... Hell Lota Gyaaan...suddenly feel like an infant after quite a while... But thanx a lot for helping me groom. Gayathri
8th July 2005 From India, New Delhi
Mr Ajmal Mirxa is bang on target in my view. The thumb rule is that if you had lots of money to do what you wanted to do without bothering about having to do a job, what would you do or what would you like to do even though you are not paid for it. That is intrinsic motivation
Two quotes from my blog-
" A hobby is more a measure of a man than profession is"
"The luckiest person is one whose hobby and profession are same". Nothing could be more true becaue if your hobby has a good maket profile, your life is made like the great Thomas Edison who used to say " I never worked in my life. It was all fun" despite putting in 18 hours a day.
When intrinsic motivation is not possible, extrinsic motivation is resorted to in the form of various monetary incentives which would work differently with different people.
24th May 2007 From India, New Delhi
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