As in some of the other assignments in this course, you will draw upon your personal experience for this Module 2 Case Assignment.
For the assignment, you will consider the topic of employee motivation. There are many ways to impact employee motivation, such as with job enrichment or rotation, work-life balance, flexible work hours, job sharing, telecommuting, employee recognition and empowerment, and financial incentives.
Please prepare a presentation that proposes options for employees to vote on adopting at your own workplace. You can use the list already provided, but if you do, please add more of your own ideas to the list. Talk with your own HR manager about what they feel is wanted by the employees where you work. (Select 5 of these topics to put into this PowerPoint presentation.)
For an overview of some important current issues regarding workplace motivation, such as telecommuting and working remotely, read the following articles:
Aleksić-Glišović, M., Jerotijević, G., & Jerotijević, Z. (2019). Modern approaches to employee motivation. Ekonomika, 65(2), 121-133. doi:10.5937/ekonomika1902121A
Elvie, M. (2019). The influence of organizational culture, compensation and interpersonal communication in employee performance through work motivation as mediation. International Review of Management and Marketing, 9(5), 133-140.
Judge, T. A., & Zapata, C. P. (2014, July 21). The person–situation debate revisited: effect of situation strength and trait activation on the validity of the big five personality traits in predicting job performance. The Academy of Management Journal, 58(4). Available in the Trident Online Library.
In the background materials, you read about some very traditional theories of motivation such as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory. Now connect those theories to your own experiences in the workplace.
Begin with some personal reflection. Consider a time at work when you felt highly motivated. Think about exactly what motivates you personally. Can you apply Maslow’s and Herzberg’s theories to yourself? For this assignment, you will discuss these ideas in a hypothetical situation in which you are offered the opportunity to develop a presentation that introduces employees to tools your company may adopt to increase employee motivation.
For this Module 2 two-part Case Assignment, prepare a PowerPoint presentation of the following topic.
Your employer has asked for your assistance in the creation of a presentation to the employees regarding tools your company will adopt to increase employee motivation. You have come up with 5 tools that you feel will motivate the employees to complete their work in a satisfactory manner, leading to meeting organizational goals.
The presentation should cover the following:
What are 5 tools managers and organizations use to motivate their employees? Include a short discussion of which of the two theories (Maslow or Herzberg, or both) addresses each tool on the appropriate slides’ notes page.
What can employees do to motivate themselves?
What motivates you to complete your own work?
Are you motivated according to the theory of Maslow or Herzberg?
The presentation must contain at least 10 slides (cover slide, five slides for the five tools, two slides for self-motivation, Maslow and Herzberg, and reference list) but you can have more. Use in-text citations and a reference list, with at least two high-quality scholarly references for support. High-quality references are academically peer-reviewed journals or text books. The citations can be inserted onto the notes pages rather than on the actual slides.
Note 1: A URL (website address) is NOT a reference. A reference always contains four parts: author, publication date, article title, and the source of the article. Sometimes there is no author, but the APA manual tells you what you can put in place of the author’s name instead. The source for a high-quality peer-reviewed journal article is the journal.
Note 2: People today do not want to sit and watch a presentation with tons of words on the slides. They want to see no more than “5 words and a picture” and the picture must be of real people. This means that each slide should contain only one short bullet point (or else transition each point in one at a time). All those other words must go on the notes pages and they become your talking points. A simple way to come up with references is to take the assignment’s questions and shorten them to a few words. For instance, I would format the questions in this assignment into the following headings:
Maslow or Herzberg