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Motivating employees

  1. 1. Motivation Year 12 Business 6th Feb 2013
  2. 2. Are you motivated by money?
  3. 3. Who are these two? A. Maslow F.W Taylor
  4. 4. Objectives for Today Understand and be able to explain the 4 main theories of motivation
  5. 5. Scientific Management and F.W.Taylor • F.W. Taylor (1856 – 1915) was an American engineer who invented work-study and founded the scientific approach to management • He considered money to be the main factor that motivated workers, so he emphasised the benefits of Piece Work. • Scientific Management – Business decision making based on data that are researched and tested quantitatively in order to improve efficiency of an organisation. • Higher efficiency would generate higher profits and thus higher wages to workers. • Taylor saw Humans as Machines
  6. 6. Scientific Management and F.W.Taylor Taylor recommended: • Division of labour – breaking a job into small repetitive tasks, each of which can be done at a speed with little training. • Piecework – Means payment by results, e.g. per item produced. • Tight management ensures the workers concentrate on their jobs and follow the correct processes. • This method had a big influence on Mass production, introduced at Ford Motor Company – led to poor industrial relations and saw a growth in trade unions.
  7. 7. The Human Resource school & Elton Mayo • Elton Mayo (1880 – 1949) was a follower of F.W. Taylor • Emphasised importance of peoples’ behaviour. • Many of his findings including the ‘Hawthorn Effect” came from research he did at the Western Electric School factory in Hawthorn, USA and provided the foundations for the Human Relations School of Management. • Early research involved trying to measure the impact on productivity of improving the lighting conditions in the Western Electric Factory. • He followed F.W.Taylor’s Scientific principles by testing changes in light conditions against one group of workers against a group of workers with unchanged lighting.
  8. 8. The Human Resource school & Elton Mayo • The results: • Productivity rose in areas where lighting was improved. • This result questioned Taylor’s assumption about the importance of money in motivating workforce and emphasised the importance of Human Relations, Mayo suggested the following: • Recognition, belonging, and security are more important that money in motivating employees. • Employees should be seen as members of a group. • Managers need to pay attention to individuals’ social needs. • Increased results are due to greater communication and improved relations with informal groups.
  9. 9. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs • Abraham Maslow (1908 – 70) was an American psychologist whose work on human needs has had a major influence on management thinking. His Hierarchy of Needs suggests that people have similar types of needs from low level basic to the need for achievement.
  10. 10. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs • Physiological needs: Requirement for food, clothes and shelter, in relation to work it’s the need to earn income to acquire these things and to have reasonable working conditions. • Safety needs: Need for security, a secure job, safe working environment, clear lines of accountability and responsibility. • Social needs: Desire for friendship, love and a sense of belonging, being a part of a team, facilities like staff rooms, canteens etc. • Esteem needs: Need to have self-respect and respect from others, positive feedback, gain recognition and status for achievement and opportunities from promotion. • Self – Actualisation: Need to fulfill one’s potential through actions and achievements, Maslow did not believe this need could be filled fully and thought people would always strive to develop further and achieve more.
  11. 11. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs • Maslow believed an unsatisfied need was a motivator of behavior and that, while it remained unsatisfied, higher- level needs were unimportant. • Once a need was satisfied, the next level of unsatisfied need became a motivator, and if employees didn’t have access to gain those needs then it would lead to de-motivation. • This theory is appealing but some key issues were raised: • Do all Humans have the same set of needs? • Do different people have different degrees of needs? • Can anyone’s need ever be said to be fully satisfied?
  12. 12. Herzberg’s two factor theory • Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) was an American psychologist whose research led him to develop the Two-Factor theory of job satisfaction and dissatisfaction. • He suggested some factors had the potential to give job satisfaction (Motivators) and some factors can reduce job satisfaction (Hygiene or maintenance factors). Motivators Hygiene / maintenance factors Sense of Achievement Working Conditions Recognition for effort & achievement Supervision Nature of the work itself Pay Responsibility Interpersonal relations Promotion & improvement opportunities Company policy and Admin, inc paperwork, rules, red tape
  13. 13. Herzberg Two-Factor theory
  14. 14. Herzberg’s two factor theory • All of the motivators concern the job itself rather than issues such as pay, and all are likely to motivate workers and improve productivity. • All of the Hygiene factors ‘surround’ the job: they do not concern the job itself, ensuring that they are acceptable to the workforce prevents dissatisfaction rather than causing motivation. • One of the main policies that steamed from Herzberg’s work is Job Enrichment – This is the attempt to motivate workers by giving them opportunity to use their abilities and allowing them greater independence and authority over the control of their work. • Herzberg critics are mainly based on the fact that he drew conclusions about workers as a whole from a limited sample of 200 accountants and engineers.
  15. 15. Link Between Maslow and Herzberg • There are close links between the two theories Self – Actualisation Esteem Social Safety Physiological / basic Motivators Achievement Recognition Work itself Responsibility Advancement Personal Growth Hygiene factors Supervision Working Conditions Relationship with peers Pay Security Company Policy
  16. 16. Which theories do you think apply to these companies? Why?
  17. 17. How useful are theories of motivation? • The answer depend on the work situation – Traditional manufacturing organisation with a authoritarian approach, a tall hierarchy and routine and monotonous work may find that money is a great motivator – This supports Taylor’s view and also likely that in this situation Mayo’s informal groups influences and Maslow’s social needs are important to a worker. Ensuring that Herzberg’s hygiene or maintenance factors are appropriate. – In organisations with a large number of highly skilled workers, pay rates and working conditions are important, but workers expect more recognition, self-control, involvement in decision making and empowerment. (Maslow higher level needs and Herzberg motivators) • Motivation does increase efficiency, so organisations will benefit from motivated employees, so all theories are very useful in helping organisations achieve this.

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