Why do we need motivated employees? The answer is survival (Smith, 1994). Motivated employees are needed in our rapidly changing workplaces. Motivated employees help organizations survive. Motivated employees are more productive. To be effective, managers need to understand what motivates employees within the context of the roles they perform. Of all the functions a manager performs, motivating employees is arguably the most complex. This is due, in part, to the fact that what motivates employees changes constantly (Bowen & Radhakrishna, 1991). For example, research suggests that as employees' income increases, money becomes less of a motivator (Kovach, 1987). Also, as employees get older, interesting work becomes more of a motivator.
The Mayo Clinic conducted a study that offers insights into how positive thinking can contribute to how well - and maybe how long - you live.
According to the 2006 study on thyroid cancer survivors, optimism may be associated with a higher quality of life, both mentally and physically. Another recent study by The Mayo Clinic goes a step further, claiming that an optimist may enjoy a longer life than a pessimist. An optimist is less likely to have depression and may be more likely to maintain a healthier lifestyle, paying more attention to their diet and activity levels.