Psychologist Frederick Herzberg’s Two-factor theory… focuses on the idea that the factors that determine job dissatisfaction (“hygiene factors”) are completely separate from those that determine true satisfaction (“motivators”). Insufficient financial compensation, for example, falls into the former camp. But having sufficient compensation will not lead to passion for a job; it just takes away the dissatisfaction. Motivation, according to the theory, is determined not by material incentives, but rather by interesting work, recognition, and personal growth.
Authors: Carmen Nobel, Clayton M. Christensen
Source: Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge
Subjects: Motivation, Organizational Behavior