Discussion: Motivational Junk Food Versus Health Food


Culture and optimal motivation will ideally support and reinforce one another. Managers who resist short-term, motivational fixes and focus on more long-term approaches will create an environment, over time, that helps employees manage their own motivation effectively in ways that benefit the individual and the organization.

In the Optimal Motivation video, (2017), Susan Fowler identified several short-term “junk food” motivational approaches and several more effective, long-term “health food” approaches. In this Discussion, you will reflect on your own experience with these two types of approaches and use that reflection to define action steps you can take as a manager to use long-term motivational approaches with your employees.

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To prepare for this Discussion:

Review this week’s Learning Resources, especially:






Post an analysis of the culture of an organization you know well, to include the following:

  • Describe one experience in which a manager used a particular “junk food” approach and one experience where a manager used a specific “health food” approach to motivating employees.
  • Explain the short-term and long-term results and effects of each approach on the employees, as well as on the organization, if applicable.
  • Formulate at least three actions you will take as a manager to ensure you are providing motivational “health food” to your employees.
  • 3 – 4 paragraphs
  • No plagiarism
  • APA citing