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Project Title

The Relationship Between Rewards and Motivation: A Meta-analysis

Presenter Hometown

Erlanger

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Richard Obaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

How much do rewards motivate you? My research examined how strongly rewards are related with motivation in the workplace. I searched PsychInfo, Human Resources Abstracts, and Business Source Complete databases for empirical studies that reported the relationship between reward and motivation; six studies were located. Using meta-analytical calculations, the overall weighted correlation was r = .30. However, the age of the sample was an important moderator variable. The effect size for samples who were younger than 30 was r = .22, and for samples who were older than 30 was r = .08. This shows that younger individuals are much more motivated by reward than older individuals. Organizations would do well to note this effect so that they use different techniques to motivate younger vs. older employees.

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The Relationship Between Rewards and Motivation: A Meta-analysis

How much do rewards motivate you? My research examined how strongly rewards are related with motivation in the workplace. I searched PsychInfo, Human Resources Abstracts, and Business Source Complete databases for empirical studies that reported the relationship between reward and motivation; six studies were located. Using meta-analytical calculations, the overall weighted correlation was r = .30. However, the age of the sample was an important moderator variable. The effect size for samples who were younger than 30 was r = .22, and for samples who were older than 30 was r = .08. This shows that younger individuals are much more motivated by reward than older individuals. Organizations would do well to note this effect so that they use different techniques to motivate younger vs. older employees.