Jan 6, 2014

Can the need for Affiliation influence workers Motivational Drive?

No man is an island! No matter what kind of organization we are in, we need to communicate. We need to belong, we need people who will listen to us. So it’s very obvious that there’s a need to be connected with our fellow workers in an organization: this is a worker’s need for affiliation.

Can we use affiliation as a motivational drive? Yes we can! Once we commend a worker for a job well done we positively affiliate ourselves to that worker and naturally it creates a positive motivational force within him.

We should also give free space for workers to communicate and interact with each other. For this is part and parcel of their freedom as workers. We are in a democratic world that’s why we must allow our workers to fulfil their need for affiliation. Provided that they do it during break time and not during their working hours.

Thus, by giving our workers freedom to affiliate with their fellow workers. We create an impression in their minds that the organization that they belong doesn’t curtail their rights to affiliate with their co-workers. By doing so we could also avoid some behavioural problems from cropping up in the future.

We must always remember that curtailment of workers freedom to affiliate would only result in their demotivation. And to have a demotivated workforce is not good for any organization. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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