Name: Thomas Altoft
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Understanding how to motivate to improve performance
Understand the factors that influence motivation levels in the workplace.
  * Motivation can be defined as a person’s desire to perform a task, wanting to improve to achieve a goal they can work towards and a cause of how people behave as they do.
  * There are many factors in the workplace that can affect motivation. These can either be positive or negative factors for example a positive factor could be the type of work that is being done by an individual, if they enjoy the type of work they are doing this will motivate them to do a good job, if a person is doing different varied jobs not the same job day in day out this could enhance their motivation so they don’t get bored. A negative factor could be the amount of work an individual has to do, if they have too much work to get done they could feel pressurised in trying to get all the work done and end up not wanting to go into work. Conditions that people work in can be a factor in being motivated or not in my workplace there’s a 600 degree roaster and in summer it gets very hot and people can get hot and sweaty and rather be at home or outside than in a hot and sticky place next to a roaster.
  * The individual differences that can affect motivation can be how people are referenced.   For example weather a person is internally or externally referenced if a person is externally referenced it means they need outside interaction, somebody to keep telling them they are doing a good job and if a person is internally referenced there isn’t a need for somebody to keep telling them what to do and weather they are doing a good job as they have confidence in themselves. Another form of individual differences can be whether the person has towards motivation or away motivation. Towards motivation means the person has a vision of what the finished article is going to be and can   be left to work towards it over a period of...