CH. 9 (What Motivates Workers)

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

As I read the class post and watched the videos on employee motivation, I learned the importance of workers’ motivation towards their line of work. The one thing I really took away was learning about the extrinsic and intrinsic rewards to help motivate employees. The former being the one we are most common to seeing with pay raises and bonuses always being pushed around as incentives in  a company. The intrinsic rewards are what I believe is the real foundation for a solid, successful business. These rewards incorporate ways to raise employees moral and job satisfaction through trust and job enrichment. Employees are the important, behind-the-scenes force that drives a whole company. Therefore, their satisfaction and attitude towards work can ultimately decide the company’s production rate. Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows what our basic needs are to help describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.

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The videos we watched also interested me and taught me a lot about the assembly line and the concept of time and motion. It’s hard to believe Ford would be as successful as they are today without the concept of the assembly line and the findings of Fredrick Taylor. As you look in any car manufacturer today you will see Taylor and Henry Ford’s vision continue to grow and advance but with the same concept they thought of almost a century ago!

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The time and motion guys in the video seem like an employees’ worst nightmare! I know from personal work experience, it can be frustrating to have someone tracking your every move and trying to give more guidance than you want. Although it’s important for the company to find ways to cut time and improve production, it’s often never good for the workers. Job enlargement could be a possible result from this in order to combine roles of two workers into one. Actions like this can debunk worker’s satisfaction and actually have a negative affect towards the production time.

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