In any field, including criminal justice, a multitude of factors motivate employees. Motivation can be intrinsic (e.g., desire to excel, enjoyment) or extrinsic (e.g., salary increase, public recognition). In the readings this week, you will examine theories of motivation that will help you understand the motivation of criminal justice employees. As you read, keep in mind that there is no single theory of motivation that accounts for the all of the variations of employee motivation. Rather, employee motivation is best accounted for by a combination of different theories.
Focus on various theories of motivation.
Consider how theories of motivation account for the motivation of criminal justice employees.
Review the video Public Safety, Law, and Security. Consider the different roles within the criminal justice system.
Select a criminal justice role (example: police officer, prosecutor, warden, etc.) in which you are interested.
If you assumed the role you selected, consider what would motivate you.
Think about how the theories you read about this week might account for your motivation in the role.
Public Safety, Law, and Security.