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    Happy Employees are Productive Employees

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    Question:
    'Happy employees are productive employees'. Do you agree with this statement? In your answer, discuss the accuracy of your position and demonstrate your understanding of the relevant theories(mainly motivation theory) underpinning your argument

    Please use evidence (examples, data, research findings, etc.) to explore critically the concepts and issues and draw appropriate conclusions. Please note that use of quotes is often regarded as very weak evidence.

    If you use your own workplace as an example, please be advised that the focus should not be the description of your workplace situation, rather the focus on applying the concepts and issues to that workplace. In other words, focus mainly on the issues and concepts, not on your workplace.

    Please use academic source such as business journals. Website is not academic source.
    Please Harvard Style for reference
    Word court is around 1000

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    Topic Sentence: Motivation theories support the contention that happy employees are productive employees. We consider the factors that increase employee happiness. These include achievement, recognition, work, responsibility, advancement, and growth. These are motivation factors that increase job satisfaction according to Fredrick Herzberg in his Work and Nature of Man, 1966. His motivator-hygiene factors theory lists these factors as motivator factors. From the Theory X and Theory Y of Douglas McGregor, employees are happy when work is viewed by employees as natural as play. Employees who learn to accept and seek responsibility are happy. Those who exercise self direction & control towards achieving objectives are motivated. This theory has been described in The Human Side of Enterprise 1960. According to David McClelland's Three Needs Theory, a person who has a strong need for achievement is motivated. This theory appeared in The Achieving Society in 1960.Such a person takes personal responsibility, takes moderate risk, and has need for achievement. Experience shows that only a happy employee takes responsibility, is open to feedback, and takes moderate risk. According to the hierarchy of needs theory by Abraham Maslow, an employee whose higher needs are fulfilled is a motivated employee. This means an employee whose esteem and self actualization needs are fulfilled is happy and is motivated. Maslow's theory appeared in Motivation and Personality, 1954. Let us take a different perspective. According to the Equity Theory by Stacey Adams, 1965, if an employee perceives inequity, he will lose motivation and will act to correct inequity through lower productivity, reduced quality, higher absenteeism, and voluntary resignation. An employee who experiences inequity is an unhappy employee and such an employee loses motivation.

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    Topic Sentence: Experience in workplace shows that increasing happiness increases employee productivity. In my workplace each work team is given the task of making a machine tool. My company makes, and markets machine tools. The issue of motivating employees to make them more productive is very important for the HR. Over the years through trial and error the company HR has developed some methods of motivating employees. First they frequently reward employees. From the motivator - hygiene factor theory this is recognition ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution of 1473 words explains step-by-step how happy employees are productive employees using motivation theories . The sources used are also included in the solution.

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