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Fostering Employee Motivation and Work Engagement

Identify motivational factors for employees through analysis of motivational theories and their link to organisational concepts.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Understand the key factors that enhance employee motivation and engagement

The methods used by organisations in an attempt to motivate their employees and increase their engagement levels are extensive.

This course will provide an in-depth understanding of these key concepts and explore how theory and research can increase and/or maintain them.

You’ll gain insight into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and critically evaluate a wide range of motivation theories. You’ll also examine the link between motivation, job satisfaction and employee engagement, and discover how motivation can be enhanced through the process of job redesign.

What topics will you cover?

  • Employee motivation
  • Intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation
  • Theories of motivation – a critical review
  • Managing motivation in organisations
  • Motivation through job redesign
  • The CARE model
  • Job satisfaction
  • Employee engagement
  • The multi-level impact of motivation, job satisfaction and employee engagement

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the two main forms of motivation at work
  • Explain motivational theories and explain the key motivational factors for employees
  • Describe the concept of job redesign and debate its use in enhancing employee motivation
  • Describe the concept of job satisfaction and explain how it can be managed in organisations
  • Explore approaches to employee engagement and identify ways in which it may be increased
  • Discuss the multi-level impact of motivation, job satisfaction and employee engagement in organisations

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who wish to know the various factors that influences engagement and motivation of employees within organisations, with an overview of related theories and empirical research.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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You can use the hashtag #employeemotivation to talk about this course on social media.