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Hygiene factors

Factors that eliminate job dissatisfaction but don’t motivate, is called Hygiene factors. When factors are adequate, people won’t be dissatisfied, but they won’t be satisfied.


Hygiene factors that if present are essential to job satisfaction, although they cannot motivate an employee.


Hygiene factor in Herzberg’s work motivation model, an external characteristic essential to avoiding job dissatisfaction; factors include pay, job security, personal life, working conditions, status, interpersonal relations, technical supervision, and company policies.

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