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Motivation in the workplace - management philosophy

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Prepare a detailed discussion examining how various motivational strategies affect productivity in a selected workplace (namely, your own or one with which you are very familiar). Include an explanation of organizational efforts to improve performance, employees' resistance to increasing productivity, and the management's philosophy of motivation and its practices. Next, identify and analyze the implications of applying any two motivational theories not currently in practice in the selected workplace and how these motivational theories would impact both management and employees.

Please be detailed and include any references.

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One approach to help you with an essay assignment like this one is to look at each section from various sources, which you can consider for your final copy. I also attached two articles, some of which this response is drawn. This response uses a pharmaceutical company as an example, and attaches a second example for consideration.

1. Prepare a detailed discussion examining how various motivational strategies affect productivity in a selected workplace (namely, your own or one with which you are very familiar).

Motivating employees demands a clear understanding of motivational theories and human behavior, alike. Only then will the employer be in a position to reach the 'true' self of her or his employees. Understanding human behavior and how to apply this information to the workplace potential is essential to good management, which allows employers to successfully motivate employees as well as ensure employee satisfaction. Employee motivation and satisfaction are positively related to performance and productivity. So, motivational strategies can purposefully be used as a catalyst that is beneficial for the employer and the employee (see http://www.accel-team.com/productivity/addedValue_01.html for definitions of productivity).

Although there are many management theories, Rensis Likert designed the four different styles of management

"exploitative-authoritative, benevolent-authoritative, consultative, and participative" (http://www.accel-team.com/motivation/theory_02.html). However, within the framework of the management style, manager's need to apply motivational techniques, such as giving positive reinforcement, knowing when to praise, trusting and respecting his or her colleagues, communication and understanding the reward system and its advantages and disadvantages, to name a few.

The purpose of your paper will be:

Applying motivation theories to (your organization), this paper will address how motivational strategies affect productivity, organizational efforts to improve performance, employee's resistance to increasing productivity, and management's philosophy of motivation, analyze the impact of two motivational theories and its practices.

Now let's look at some information to consider for each section. The body of your paper will be organized according to the information asked for in the assignment.

2. Include an explanation of organizational efforts to improve performance, employees' resistance to increasing productivity, and the management's philosophy of motivation and its practices.

One way to look at productivity is that it is the result of employee performance, resources systems, processes, goods produced, services delivered and organization which is accomplished through making work easier, simpler, quicker, rewarding and fun, which increases employee motivation (http://www.accel-team.com/motivation/intro.html).

There are numerous techniques, principles, and ideas about effective and efficient management that motivate employees to improve performance and productivity. For example, Merck seems to lead by example, which not only trains but also inspires others to achieve greater result. With today's business world in dire need of quick and effective training methods, this is one technique a manager does not want to be without. In reference to leading by example, Emerson once wrote, 'Who ...

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This solution is a detailed discussion examining how various motivational strategies affect productivity in a selected workplace on various dimensions, such as an explanation of organizational efforts to improve performance, employees' resistance to increasing productivity, the management's philosophy of motivation and its practices and the implications of applying two motivational theories on the impact both management and employees. References are provided. Supplemented with two related articles on strategies for productivity improvement and reducing employee resistance.

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