Satisfaction is the end result of the need-want-action-satisfaction chain, which can be represented in the following diagram.


Motivation and satisfaction are related to each other, although there is a fine difference between these two terms. Motivation refers to the drive and effort to satisfy a want or goal. But satisfaction refers to the contentment experienced when a want is satisfied. In other words, motivation implies a drive toward an outcome, and satisfaction is the outcome already experienced.

From the management point of view, then, a person might have high job satisfaction but a low level of motivation for the job, or the reverse might be true.

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