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Comparing FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen

Considering the differences between FMC Aberdeen and FMC Green River in terms of job structure, would the job structure be the same at both facilities? What would you recommend to increase motivation at Green River and would these recommendations be effective at other companies?

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Employee Motivation at FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen

1. Considering the differences between FMC Aberdeen and FMC Green River in terms of job structure. Would the job structure be the same at both facilities?

No, the job structures would not be the same for the two facilities. Aberdeen and Green River are both plants that work under the FMC Corporation. Aberdeen is a fairly new company that was founded on the beliefs of participative management and empowerment to its employees. Even though it's only been around for a short period of time, it's proven to be a very profitable and productive plant. Aberdeen only has one product line, but they have proven to be very efficient with the production of it. The techniques, and managerial style used at Aberdeen give workers a greater sense of responsibility, and has a primary focus of trust between workers.

However, the plant at Green River has been around for a much longer period of time and has a much more diverse product line. In fact, they specialize in different chemicals that are used in a variety of different industries. The manager at Green River considers himself to be open-minded and willing to give more responsibility to his employees, but he's not sure if it will work. Green River already has an organizational structure that they've been using since the fifties. It could be difficult and in some cases impossible to change the structure of their business with any kind of efficiency.

Managers create specific job structures, and hire employees through a selection process. They must identify the task they want the employees to accomplish and the abilities that they need to do them. Once these abilities are identified the managers must develop accurate measures of them. They must also decide if these abilities are to be used to measure the skills that will be needed to get the identified task completed. In fact, research ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains the differences between FMC Aberdeen and FMC Green River in terms of job structure. It also provides recommendations for employee motivation at Green River, and explains if these same strategies would work at other facilities, including the rationale.

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