Workplace motivation is one of the most important aspects of good management. It may be a complex, frustrating issue, but unless it is understood, and managed effectively, few organizations will flourish.
Some writers think that most employees are naturally pre-disposed to enthusiasm for their work, demonstrating an inherent preference for engagement and achievement.

Ironically, it can be managers themselves who dampen this ardour, through either poor management or a lack of understanding of what workplace motivation is all about.

Two quotes make this point rather succinctly:
  • "Most of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to get their jobs done."(Peter Drucker);
  • "The key question is not how to motivate employees, but how to sustain - and prevent management from destroying - the motivation that employees naturally bring to their jobs."(David Sirota, et al).

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