CASE: XCEL ENERGY PAYS FOR EMPLOYEES WHO EXCEL The management ofXcei Energy,an electricity and natural gas utility based in Minneapolis and serving eight states, believes in linking rewards to performance. For example, an incentive plan called Xpress Ideas pays employees an immediate bonus for submitting beneficial suggestion
Training is very important to employee development, but what if the employee is not ready or able to learn the information provided. I feel a key to training employees is understanding how ready they are to learn. Mathis (2008) explains an employee's readiness to learn in three separate steps: 1. Ability to Learn: Learners must possess basic skills in order to complete training successfully. 2. Motivation to Learn: If there is no motivation to learn the material there is a higher chance of failure. 3. Self-Efficacy: Self-Efficacy is defined as a, "Person's belief that he or she can learn the training program content," (pg. 270).
Training is very important to employee development, but what if the employee is not ready or able to learn the information provided. I feel a key to training employees is understanding how ready they are to learn. Mathis (2008) explains an employee's readiness to learn in three separate steps: 1. Ability to Learn: Learner
Many executives receive perquisites such as financial counseling, club memberships, access to company airplanes, etc. Do these perquisites provide the inducements needed for long-term motivation? Defend your position.
Consider why are some of the reasons behind why adults have had a bad learning experience? What are some adult learning theories that will be applied in the designing of this program that will make this program more engaging? What would you say to this employee to motivate them to want to participate? How can we incre
Discuss how interpersonal determinants of consumer behavior influence the purchase categories. What is the motivation to purchase certain items in specific categories?
Please discuss "the interpersonal determinants of consumer behavior: cultural, social, and family influence and how they influence the purchase categories." What factors and/or relationships can motivate buying decisions, and why?
HR ISSUES - How do you ensure that the new staff gets the appropriate training? How would you ensure that the new staff meets company standards after their training?
1- Company holds an annual staff event, where all the company staff is invited to enjoy a day with senior management. During the event, awards are handing out to recognize achievements, sports competition among the staff take place, and lunch is served. We had a very low turnout last year, the event was stiff, and the senior man
Case 12: Realtor Reward Plans Gone Haywire Frank is the lead broker at a real estate firm that is located in one large city. The company has a nationally known real estate training program that costs $2,000 to attend. The program motivates real estate agents to sell more, gives tips on how to get leads, and recruits more age
Being able to motivate your team is a key issue. Financial rewards, assigning interesting work, creating professional relationships are some of the methods for motivating employees. Even if I have the best team being allocated to a project, after some time, the motivation level of the team can decrease during the project for any
Write a paper describing the significance of Theory Y, Cognitive evaluation theory, and goal-setting theory (motivation) and how they have influenced views on organizational behavior.
Required Reading Hackman, J. R. & Oldham, G. R. (1975). Development of the Job Diagnostic Survey. Journal of Applied Psychology, 60, pp. 159-70 First, complete the following survey and calculate your scores according to the guidelines. Then, submit a 2-3 pages paper (not including the cover sheet, references, and assessmen
Another extrinsic motivator that can lose its motivating properties over time is recognition. At the correct time in the right amount recognition is a great motivational tool. The tool can have an opposite effect if used to liberally or if viewed by the employee as a less than sincere tactic. If an employee did an expert job rewiring a control panel and the manager told the employee so, then the recognition serves as positive reinforcement that the employee will appreciate. However, if the compliments are administered continuously, then they tend to lose their value. The employee may even start to question the manager's motives. If the employee determines the manager is using the compliments as the proverbial carrot, then the recognition could lose its motivational properties and worse, have a counter effect. have you ever seen a backlash from awards ceremonies and "outstanding employee" type awards? If so what happened and why? Extrinsic motivators tend to lose their motivating properties in the long-term because they become expected and repetitive. Extrinsic motivation is an environmentally created reason (e.g., incentives or consequences) to engage in an action or activity. Usually there are no new motivators that can give variety and change to already established strategies. Once the employee has achieved the motivators, they lose their challenging characteristics. An extrinsic reward enlivens positive emotion and facilitates behavior because it signals the opportunity for a personal gain. On the other hand, intrinsic motivators may change as the individual develops so there are always new challenges. would you consider the bonuses given to an employee as a motivator because they have always been given to the employee or not?
Another extrinsic motivator that can lose its motivating properties over time is recognition. At the correct time in the right amount recognition is a great motivational tool. The tool can have an opposite effect if used to liberally or if viewed by the employee as a less than sincere tactic. If an employee did an expert job rew
Positive attitude is one of the keys for his productive career. There are many times if not all where attitudes tend to weigh in our decision making, sometimes making it hard to see some things that might benefit us. Its hard to put attitudes aside especially when we feel very strongly about something. But attitudes (negative) n
Briefly explain post empowering the workforce requires job enrichment. Intrinsic motivators are a much richer source of satisfaction than extrinsic motivators. People want to have purposeful work and be self-managed and the most difficult task in increasing motivation is identifying the most effective and applicable motivationa
Case Study: Things have really been happening at Sun-2-Shade, a company that manufactures self-darkening windshields. Many changes have been made and it would seem like things ought to be going smoothly. However, there are problems with the workers, and you just can't figure out what's wrong. People don't seem to be moti
Discuss how incentive pay plans - both individual and group - motivate employees to achieve high levels of performance. Identify potential weaknesses of these plans and suggest steps that can be taken to make these plans highly effective. Then, choose one industry that either an individual or group incentive pay plan would wor
True or False? 1) In Las Vegas, properties have assumed themes that range from modern New York to ancient Egypt. This attempt at retail theming stresses the importance of the postpurchase process. 2) The family financial officer in most traditional families is likely to be female and that even men's clothing is just as likely to be purchased by women as by men. 3) Alicia loves chocolates. She maintains that it actually makes her feel better, especially when she is depressed or having a difficult time. Alicia's motivation to eat chocolates would be best explained with an expectancy theory. 4) The sound emitted by a dog whistle is too high to be detected by human ears. This is an illustration of a stimulation that is beyond our absolute threshold level. 5) Lindsay is a buyer of rugs made in the Orient. She is extremely knowledgably of her product line. One of her clients wants to purchase a rug made by a supplier she has had little contact with. Lindsay is more likely to engage in a broader search for information and gather more opinions from others about this new product than someone who was only moderately knowledgeable about the product line.
True or False? 1) In Las Vegas, properties have assumed themes that range from modern New York to ancient Egypt. This attempt at retail theming stresses the importance of the postpurchase process. 2) The family financial officer in most traditional families is likely to be female and that even men's clothing is j
There are many theories in management on motivating humans; among them is Herzberg's Theory. Frederick Herzberg, a psychologist of the mid-1900s, spent much of his career studying the phenomena of satisfaction and the conditions that influences satisfaction. This is important information for every manager. Read Herzberg's Two
Differentiate between learning organizations and traditional organizations. Discuss the differences/similarities and note which you would prefer.
Navigant Consulting Inc., a Chicago-based management consultancy, is the product of more than 25 acquisitions over six years. No wonder that, until recently, its short-term incentive pay system was seriously flawed. There was no consistent method of rewarding performance. "It was difficult to manage so many disparate tools,"
The motivation of upper management can be an indicator of possible financial statement fraud, Another indicator of financial fraud is related-party transactions. Please review the Web-site http:///.cnn.com/2002/LAW/02/03/enron/index.html and read the article on Enron. Briefly explain how this article illustrates that management
Please help with the following problem regarding business management. Provide at least 200 words in the solution. Examine how job satisfaction, stress, and motivation impact performance and commitment in the workplace. Just looking for a jumping off point for my paper. I'm having serious writer's block right now. Thank
Please explain what the difference is between motivation and manipulation?
Keeping employees motivated in order to accomplish organizational objectives is a difficult task, yet both initial and ongoing motivation are critical to succeed in today's business world. Work motivation is generally defined as a series of energizing forces that originate from both within and beyond an individual's self. Motivation can be explained through two basic theories: content (how) and process (what) theories
Keeping employees motivated in order to accomplish organizational objectives is a difficult task, yet both initial and ongoing motivation are critical to succeed in today's business world. Work motivation is generally defined as a series of energizing forces that originate from both within and beyond an individual's self. Mo
What is the most effective way for companies to monitor employee motivation, satisfaction, and performance? What are its advantages and disadvantages? What factors do you think influence employee job satisfaction? Compare and contrast these factors to those most important to you.
Incentive Systems The article, "Rewarding the Technically Effective but Egotistical Team-Destroyer" talks about a common issue where there is an employee who is intelligent and effective at finding solutions but is extremely egotistical and could not care less about anybody else but himself or herself. The incentive systems a
Provide an overview of the concept of motivation, including the presentation of two motivational theories that elaborate on the individual differences in motivation. Then, discuss the relationship between motivation and job satisfaction; are motivated employees more satisfied, or are satisfied employees more motivated?
Review the attached minicase that has to do with motivation, satisfaction and performance. How would you gauge Peter's achievement orientation? What are some of the needs not being met for Peter Gibbons at Initech? What changes might improve Peter's motivation?
Must be written in APA format and consist Please give a description of how to implement some motivational strategies and reduce pressure in workplace. The organization has turnover because employees face high pressure work so please give some recommendation for that.
1. Why are small businesses so important to the American economy? What are the growth trends for small businesses? What are the reasons behind these trends? Will they continue? Give examples of how small business affects the economy of the area where you work or live. 2. Which motivation theory do you like best? Explain why.
Antonio received 40 ISOs at the time he started working for Zorro Corporation six years ago (each option gives him the right to purchase 20 shares of Zorro stock for $3 per share). Zorro's share price was $3 per share at the time. Now that Zorro's share price is $50 per share, he intends to exercise all of his options and imme