Essay Motivational Theory/ Management

1692 Words May 1st, 2006 7 Pages
Motivational Theories Paper
A Discussion used to increase performance at
Ely Paper Company

Our organization is experiencing a problem in that sales are lower than they have been in ten years and we need to make drastic changes in order to improve the motivation of our employees, said the CEO of one of the largest paper plate producing business in Ely, Minnesota.
Mr. Ely, the CEO, knew that motivation of employees was important because of its significance as a determinant of performance and its intangible nature. Motivation is the set of forces that cause people to choose certain behaviors from among the many alternatives open to them and is key to the success of any business. Mr. Ely hired a consulting firm to determine
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Perhaps this would help her to understand that each person has specific responsibilities and assist her in seeing the "equity" or balance of duties in the workplace. This may also spark some interest in Wanda to want to try other types of jobs once she is enlightened to what is available in her own company.
Motivation of Production Workers
The consulting firm determined that a combination of Victor H. Vroom's Expectancy and J. Stacy Adam's Equity Theories would be most effective in motivating production workers. The rationale for why these two motivational theories were selected is that production workers, especially in a small town, rely on social comparisons of equality and have a strong belief and pride in that job performance is rewarded. The elements of these two theories were integrated to identify the motivational roles of rewards necessary to improve the behavioral performance of the production workers at the paper company.
The equity theory provides the behavioral stimulants necessary for individuals to feel that they are being treated fairly relative to the treatment of others; thus equality is being preserved for all employees. Job inputs from production workers typically include their efforts, loyalty, hard work, commitment, skill, ability, adaptability, flexibility, tolerance, determination, heart and soul, enthusiasm, trust in their boss and superiors,
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