K Discussion 1: Reinforcement Theory

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June 17, 2019


A fundamental tenet of reinforcement theory is that human beings behave in ways contingent on the consequences of their actions. Human resource managers may apply reinforcement theory when seeking to improve employees’ task-related behaviors. When reinforcement theory is applied appropriately, it can motivate employees. When applied inappropriately, however, it can demotivate employees.

As Kerr (1975) points out, there are abundant examples of reward systems that unintentionally transmit the wrong message and might demotivate the target audience.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 three examples of how reinforcement theory purports to motivate workers. Then describe reinforcement methods your current or previous employers have used to try to motivate you. Finally explain whether you were motivated or demotivated by the reinforcement method used and why.

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