Essay on Organizational Behaviour

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Pages: 10

Title: Maintaining motivation in the workplace

Assignment task:
Option 2
Motivation is one of the most frequently researched topics on organizational behaviour according to Robbins, Judge Millett & Walters-Marsh (2008). Motivation among other things is about an individual’s persistence of effort towards attaining a goal.
1. How would you motivate employees in your workgroup to ensure:
a) They focus on attaining the goals of the workgroup? and;
b) Continue to maintain a consistent quality in their efforts to achieve those goals?

2. With reference to at least 2 models of motivation:
a) How effective is motivation with your immediate workgroup?
b) What are the implications of not applying motivation strategies or applying
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1. A) How would you motivate employees in your workgroup to ensure they focus on attaining the goals of the workgroup?
A good strategy to motivate employees to ensure that they focus on the workgroups goals would be to apply Dr. Edwin Locke’s goal setting theory. In Locke’s research on goal setting theory in 1968, he found that employees were motivated by clearly defined goals and appropriate feedback, and that working towards a goal provided a key source of motivation to actually reach the goal and therefore increase performance (Career, 2012). For example, a major goal of the accounting department at LeSport hotel, is to deliver the accounts (financial reports) by the 10th of the following month. Although this goal has never actually been achieved, every month the accounts are delivered a little earlier than the previous month as a result of the group members working feverishly during the month to decrease process times in order to reach the team goal. Team processes significantly influences team success (Peslak, 2005).

1. B) How would you motivate employees in your workgroup to ensure they continue to maintain a consistent quality in their efforts to achieve those goals?
While applying the SMART theory of goal setting help ensure that employees focus on workgroup goals, motivating on an individual level may increase performance. To ensure employees maintain a