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Motivated by Money: What Does It Mean?


woman with moneyWhen looking for a job, some people have a goal that is especially important to them – making as much money as possible. Suppose you found that one particular group of people generally ranked that goal as more important than another group did.

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  • April 30, 2013 at 6:20 am

    “If married men and women feel more strongly about pay and are less content with their financial circumstances, they are likely to be more alert to opportunities to enhance their incomes. As part of this more general orientation, they may be more motivated to perform their jobs well in the hope of a greater reward. They may also feel greater organizational commitment.”

    Interesting interpretation. If married people are more interested in financial rewards, wouldn’t it make more sense to be less committed to a given organization? If they see an “opportunity to advance their income” by jumping ship and joining another company, wouldn’t they then do it? And does valuing income mean the same as doing a good job? After all, no matter how hard you work you can’t make any more money than your salary range will allow, assuming the economic conditions will even allow you a raise? If married people value income then they’d be more likely to find a job with a better pay range than their existing one?

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  • May 1, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Alan, very good points. The only way you can read that paragraph and come away with the author’s conclusions is if you are looking for ways to prop up marriage. Once you see this kind of bias it just seems so so so obvious–and wrong, and weird.

    But why? Why are people always looking for ways to prop up marriage? I just don’t get it.

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