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Motivation and Performance in the Work Environment

Please answer the following:
1. Morris states that the best work is "more likely to be done by those who love their working environment, whose workplace inspires their enthusiasm and even a measure of joy."

Select a working environment with which you are familiar that does not live up to Morris's idea and comment on how well the work is done there.

Select another environment with which you are familiar that does live up to Morris' ideal and comment on how well the work is done there.

2. Have you ever seen yourself and your fellow employees as performance artists at work? Why or why not?

Do you believe such an approach is necessary to get the most out of work? Why or why not?

3. How do you add to the beauty of work?

4. Has greater creativity been encouraged at your place of employment? Why or why not?

5. Morris writes, "I believe that employees should be thought of as partners with management, and all the people within a business should be thought of as partners with both suppliers and customers, partners ultimately for the common goal of living well."

Is this a realistic arrangement? Why or why not?

What must always be present for such an arrangement to work? Why?

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1. Morris states that the best work is "more likely to be done by those who love their working environment, whose workplace inspires their enthusiasm and even a measure of joy."

The current environment in which I work is one that provides technical services and support to a wide variety of customers whose businesses spread a wide spectrum. The current environment is one of antagonism and competitiveness, which creates a level of outright animosity across the workforce. I am under the impression that the cause behind the current environment is caused by the current leadership. The current leadership has a micro-management approach to day to day operations which creates an atmosphere that causes employees not to want to be at work and do their jobs. The mindset of employees is to only do as much as is needed to keep the boss off of their back. This creates an environment in which work does get done but only enough to prevent negative feedback from the boss.

Select another environment with which you are familiar that does live up to Morris' ideal and comment on how well the work is done there.

When I first got into the technical industry, I worked for an individual that to this day I consider the best manager I have ever worked for. This manager created an environment in which people simply looked forward to coming to work. His mindset was that we as employees spend more time at work than we do at home so we might as well enjoy it. He encouraged employees to take risks, to develop new processes, and look for new and innovative ways of doing things. Once this manager ...

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In over 1300 words, this solution provides the learner with an enhanced understanding of the effects of motivation in the working environment and how it enables performance in the work place.

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