Online course

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
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This course is part of the program Engagement and Motivation, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology. Find out more.

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

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more

  • Available now
    This course started 13 May 2019

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 anyone looking to gain a better understanding of engagement and motivation in the workplace. It’s suitable for professional development.

The course is also part of the MSc Business and Organisational Psychology, accredited by the Association for Business Psychology.

Who will you learn with?

Sophie Ward

AFHEA, MHFA, MBPsS, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Lecturer in Occupational & Business Psychology
at Coventry University
Doctoral Researcher & Qualified Test User: Occupational, Ability, Personality

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Engagement and Motivation, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Business and Organisational Psychology.