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Motivating Employees for Success

Word about your wisdom must be spreading, because you are asked to lunch by another seminar participant. He has been hired as an OD consultant for a small privately owned property management company which has 30 residential properties in 10 states, each of which has been run by 10 on-site staff members. The apartment sites are supported by a corporate office staff of 12 people. After several years of growth and expansion, a slump in the market for housing caused a decline in profits from which the company has not been able to recover. The company has just undergone a hastily planned reorganization, in which one-fifth of staff was laid off. The work of those jobs was in some cases, eliminated, and in other cases, given to remaining staff.

Some of the remaining staff are complaining of burn out. He has the sense that many key employees are staying, not out of company loyalty, but rather, because of the difficulty of finding other jobs in the current economy.

Management is beginning to recognize the gain in profits from the decrease in payroll expenses. The housing market has not improved, however, and occupancy in their apartments remains at an all-time low. Management believes that the cut in payroll expenses and focus on business essentials will bring a regain in profits long-term. They have hired your lunch partner with the hope that he will confirm their thinking, and that your analysis can be used to motivate employees for success and a return to higher levels of morale.

What do you recommend he do? Provide an analysis of the situation and outline what can be used to motivate employees for success and create higher levels of morale.

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Analysis of Situation
Situation: The apartment sites are supported by a corporate office staff of 12 people. After several years of growth and expansion, a slump in the market for housing caused a decline in profits from which the company has not been able to recover. The company has just undergone a hastily planned reorganization, in which one-fifth of staff was laid off. The work of those jobs was in some cases, eliminated, and in other cases, given to remaining staff.
If we analyze this situation carefully, there has been decline in sales due to external and internal environmental factors. Recession in the economy and improper management has led to this situation. Improper management is one of the factors as the reorganization was planned in illogical manner and one fifth of the workers have been laid off. This might cause further decline in the performance of the business.

Recommendations
Major objectives:
I will set up following objectives for the organization:
- To improve the morale of the employees of the organization
- To improve the financial of the organization
- To gain market share
Change management approach and recommended actions:
We have to manage change in the organization. Change management entails thoughtful planning and ...

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