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Employee Engagement and Motivation: An Introduction

Understand employee engagement and explore what motivates us in the workplace with this business psychology course.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Learn what affects employee engagement and motivation

What do engaged and motivated employees look like? And what about disengaged and demotivated employees?

Get answers on this course about employee engagement, where you will start by considering existing definitions of engagement and motivation. You will gain insight into the key factors linked to motivation and engagement, and question the causes of employee demotivation and disengagement – whether it is the job itself or individual personality traits.

You will also examine the differences between face-to-face and virtual teams by considering communication and trust.

What topics will you cover?

  • The definitions of the concepts of motivation and engagement at work
  • The key factors (both internal and external) that lead to employee motivation and engagement
  • The role of job design (eg the job characteristics model) in relation to motivation and engagement
  • The relationship between personality traits and employee engagement and motivation
  • The difference between face-to-face and virtual teams’ motivation and engagement levels, which will allow you to discuss communication and trust

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 definitions of motivation and engagement at work
  • Explore the key factors that are associated with motivation and engagement
  • Evaluate the key role of job design to employee engagement and motivation
  • Assess the role of personality traits in relation to motivation and engagement
  • Describe how motivation and engagement is different between face-to-face and virtual teams by discussing the quality and quantity of communication and trust

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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