The Definition for Work Motivation

by Jennifer VanBaren ; Updated September 26, 2017

Work motivation is a process used to encourage and inspire workers to perform their jobs thoroughly and well.


Work motivation is done by owners, managers and other employees of a company, complimenting and encouraging employees. It is also accomplished through employee reviews where strong points of employees' performance and personalities are pointed out. Work motivation begins with selecting the right employees for the company and delegating the best duties suited for each individually.


The purpose of work motivation is to boost employee morale by encouraging and influencing them in a positive way. When employees' morale is high, they perform their job duties more efficiently.

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Work motivation gives employees the initiative to want to perform well. It also keeps employees interested in their jobs. Part of work motivation is making the employees feel valuable to the company. When employees feel like they are an important commodity to the company, productivity increases.

About the Author

Jennifer VanBaren started her professional online writing career in 2010. She taught college-level accounting, math and business classes for five years. Her writing highlights include publishing articles about music, business, gardening and home organization. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.

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