Is The 516th Software Maintenance Squadron?

1591 Words Oct 22nd, 2014 7 Pages
Sustaining Engagement, Motivation, and Employee Productivity in Tumultuous Times
Continually sustaining engagement and motivation levels within the workforce is a challenge for even the most effectively managed organizations; not only in tumultuous times, but also in times of prosper (Catteeuw, Flynn, & Vonderhorst, 2007). The financial crisis and the nation’s unfavorable economic state have placed unprecedented levels of stress on organizations and their workforces (Poglianich & Antonek, 2009). Organizations need to position themselves to be able to sustain employee engagement and productivity during turbulent times by developing a strategic handling approach (Poglianich & Antonek, 2009). This paper will look into potential strategies for sustaining employee engagement, motivation, and productivity in tumultuous times. The focus organization of this paper is the 516th Software Maintenance Squadron (SMXS) which is a sub-unit within the United States Air Force (USAF).
Background
In response to a rapidly increasing national debt, President Barack Obama signed into law in August of 2011 the Budget Control Act (BCA) which mandated $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration, over a 10-year period (Matthews, 2013). The BCA of 2011 was intended to serve as motivation for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to come up with a deal for achieving equivalent spending cuts and avoid a mandatory sequestration (Matthews, 2013). The committee…
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