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Motivating Employees
Motivating Employees

Principles of Management
Professor Burnley
Assignment 3
3/4/2013

Principles of Management
Professor Burnley
Assignment 3
3/4/2013
Jose Villegas

Jose Villegas

An important aspect of management is motivation and how to effectively implement it in the workplace. Motivation is “the set of forces that initiates, directs, and makes people persist in their efforts to accomplish a goal” (Williams 241). The article “Global trends in motivating employees” by Joni Romero and Brian Kleiner evaluates the importance of motivating employees while taking certain factors into consideration. The authors suggest that “previous employee experience and pre-existing cultural beliefs, cultural background and moral values, good attendance, safety, and what brings about such activities, and ultimately job stability” (Romero) must be considered in order to properly motivate employees.

A company must analyze the culture where their business is located and the background from the employees they have in order to implement effective motivational techniques in the workplace. In 1991, Richard Lynn studied “12,000 same-age, same-educational-level students from 41 countries” (Romero) using a questionnaire that measured each student’s “work ethic, achievement motivation, mastery, competitiveness, money beliefs, and attitudes to saving” (Romero). Results showed several differences between the countries the students lived in such as “the Americas achieved the highest score on work ethic, mastery, savings, and conformity” (Romero) while “Asian and Far East students had the highest score on competitiveness and money beliefs” (Romero). This information would allow a company to motivate employees based on money instead of work ethic for a culture with high money beliefs.

In addition to analyzing the culture and background of company’s location and employees, the authors turn to two trends that exist in motivating employees, and...
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