Think about your current job or a project you have recently worked on with others. Was there an equal balance between what you were putting into your work and what you received as a result of your work? Your answer may play a significant role in how you feel about your job or the completion of a project. It is difficult to feel satisfaction when you feel the benefits you receive from hard work are not adequate.
Equity theory is centered on the belief that we all have notions of how much we are putting into our work and what we are obtaining in return. Salary is the easiest way to demonstrate how an employee may feel an unequal balance. For example, if you are working long hours, taking on more responsibilities, and have been working for the organization for a long amount of time, you may feel you deserve a certain amount of compensation. Continue Reading →