• University of Reading
  • Henley Business School

Managing People: Connecting Motivation and Performance

Grow your management skills by exploring the connections between motivation, job satisfaction, wellbeing and performance.

6,064 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours
  • Accreditation

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Understand the psychology of job satisfaction to improve motivation at work

What are the connections between attitudes, motivation, job satisfaction, wellbeing, stress and performance at work?

On this course, you’ll explore humanist ideas of management that emphasise the importance of motivations.

You’ll consider the effects of stress as you develop an understanding of stress models. You’ll reflect on what contributes to stress in the workplace and evaluate the value of stress management interventions.

You’ll finish the course feeling able (and motivated!) to apply your learning to your own management practice.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1

  • An introduction to the course
  • The psychological contract and how these are managed
  • Job satisfaction
  • Causes and impacts of stress

Week 2

  • Stress management within organisations
  • Introduction to motivation
  • Defining motivation

Week 3

  • Content theories of motivation
  • Process theories of motivation
  • Encouraging motivation in the workplace

Who is this accredited by?


This course is EOCCS certified, an international quality benchmark for online courses.

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...

  • Examine the link between motivation, job satisfaction and performance
  • Explain the features of key theories of motivation and assess how these theories might increase motivation in different situations in the workplace
  • Define personal practices that will help you to create a more motivating work environment including identifying what motivates you
  • Understand the nature of stress and be able to scrutinise stress management interventions
  • Apply this understanding to management practice

Who is the course for?

This course is for entry level managers with no formal management education. You don’t need any knowledge of management theory.

Who will you learn with?

Martin teaches at the Henley Business School on a number of people-related modules on our Professional Management Programmes. He was previously a management consultant and is a trained chef.

Dr Bolade-Ogunfodun is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Henley Business School. She enjoys teaching and mentoring. Her research covers the nature and sources of meaning systems in diverse work contexts.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

Henley Business School

Henley Business School is a triple accredited, world-renowned business school, part of the University of Reading.

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

Join a global classroom

  • 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

Map your progress

  • 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
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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