Critically discuss one of the theories of motivation referring specifically to a social care setting with which you are familiar.
Several theorists have contributed to Humanistic Psychology, and the concept of motivation in people, one of the most renowned is Abraham Maslow. Within this essay it will be highlighted and discussed as a main theory of motivation in the context of a social care setting. This will be identified in the role of manager/ supervisor overseeing social care staff, along with how to best motivate clients in the social care field. Other theories of motivation will be critically discussed and compared with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
With regards to managing professional development, motivated individuals will look for answers to the challenges and adversities they face through a range of activities. This could be through conversations with colleagues, professional literature, training courses, and research projects, taking advice and seeking supervision from Managers. The emphasis is also on the Managers responsibilities for enabling the professional development of their staff, whilst also managing performances, (Seden J & Reynolds J, 2003, p.303-305). This entails, considering the process of staff induction, effective supervision, overseeing career and personal development of both qualified and non-qualified staff. Managing poor performance levels, delegation and disciplinary procedures are all linked in to this monitoring of professional development, which is designed to ensure motivation to perform well for all employees, including Managers.
Maslow’s theory of motivation is based on the idea that people possess the resource of growth and healing, and that the goal is to help remove the barriers that block this growth and achievement. This is a very useful theory of motivation to use with staff and clients as a manager, to achieve self-actualisation in the individual. The closer one gets to self-actualisation their...