Motivation of Workers in the Construction Industry

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INSTITUTION: KWAME NKRUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, KUMASI
DEPARTMENT: BUILDINGTECHNOLOGY
NAME: PHILIP QUAQUE AHIABOR
PROGRAMME: QSCE 4
RESEARCH TOPIC: MOTIVATION OF WORKERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN GHANA
(CASE STUDY: SELECTED CONSTRUCTION FIRMS IN GREATER ACCRA REGION)

CHAPTER ONE
1.0 INTRODUCTION
Motivation is the set of reasons that encourages one to engage in a particular behaviour. The term is generally used for human motivation but, it can be used to describe the causes for animal behaviour as well. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in the basic need to minimize physical pain and pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desire object, hobby, goal, state of
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Whether it to excel on the workshop floor or in the ‘ivory tower ‘ they must be motivated or driven to it, either by themselves or through external stimulus (Military Leadership, 1993).
According to Shun (2004), management is often frustrated by lack of motivation generated by the end of the year bonuses. Foremen, who form part of worker strength, are often unable to motivate the average craftsman today (Business Roundtable, 1989). There is therefore the need for craftsmen and other subordinates to be motivated by providing them with the right conditions and opportunity. A correlation exists between worker motivation and performance; therefore there is the need for workers to always feel motivated in order to increase performance.
It is believed that if organizations stop paying lip services to the issue of motivation, workers will work diligently in attaining set targets and objectives and cases such as lateness, absenteeism, laziness, negligence and pilfering on the part of workers will be eradicated (Huitt, 2004).

1.2 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The aim of this research is to look into the problem relating to motivation in the construction companies in Ghana.
The objectives of the above study include: * To investigate into how workers are motivated. * To identify the impact of motivation in the construction industry. * To identify the impact motivation has on individual workers. * To suggest possible solutions to
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