Adams’ Theory of Justice (or just Theory of Justice, Justice Theory or Equity Theory) is one of the theories focusing on human motivation. Justice Theory was published in 1965 by John Stacey Adams. It is based on the fact that human motivation is influenced (increased) by the feeling of justice in two ways:
- According comparable scales, the remuneration, related to performance is adequate, and therefore fair
- It is also adequate towards other colleagues at work, and therefore just
Sense of justice in rewards increases employee’s performance, contrary a sense of injustice has the opposite effect.
How to use the Adams’ Theory of Justice in the practice?
Adams’ theory of justice leads to a correct communication of distribution of remuneration and covers both financial and non-financial rewards. For example, if a worker believes that the company car is a commonplace, his perception will be certainly different from that employee who will view it as an extra corporate benefit.
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