Job Satisfaction–Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory


According to Fredrick Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory (also called the Two-Factor Theory) , you can love and hate your job at the same time. Back in 1968, Herzberg wrote a piece for the Harvard Business Review called “One More Time: How Do You Motivate Employees?”

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Yet Herzberg – top motivation theory expert – found that extrinsic motivators fall into the category of “hygiene” factors and can only eliminate employee dissatisfaction. Photo Credit: David Niblack.

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Removing Dissatisfaction DOES NOT Increase Satisfaction With Work

Mike Cardus

The work of Frederick Herzberg and motivational theory points to some interesting things. Dissatisfiers. Satisfiers. Company policy administration. Supervision. Work Conditions. Salary. Achievement. Recognition. Work Itself. Responsibility.

Disengaged Employees? Do Something About It

Harvard Business Review

At the end of her post, Gavett refers to an HBR classic on employee motivation, in which the famed management psychologist Frederick Herzberg argued that workers respond positively to more responsibility and authority in their daily tasks. New data on employee engagement is in, and it''s downright discouraging. As this post by HBR''s Gretchen Gavett noted, Gallup''s research shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%.