Motivating People Involved in Mundane Activities

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How do we motivate people who are engaged in
Mundane activities?

Submitted to: Dr. S. Elankumaran

Submitted by: Theta Group

Table of Contents

1. The Meaning of the Question…………………………………… 2. The Project Approach……………………………………………… 3. The Survey groups…………………………………………………... 4. Questionnaire for the Survey…………………………………… 5. Survey details………………………………………………………….. 6. Results from the survey…………………………………………… 7. The Content Model…………………………………………………… 8. The Process Model…………………………………………………… 9. The Reinforcement Model………………………………………… 10. Means to improve the level of motivation of
the survey groups……………………………………………………. 11. Learning as a group………………………………………………...

The Meaning of the Question
“How do we motivate people who are engaged in
mundane activities?”

Before we delve deep into the meaning of the question mentioned above, let’s understand two of the critical words from this question, motivation and mundane. Motivation is a very essential element for the individual’s growth and prosperity of the society as a whole. Three key elements of a well motivated person are – Direction, Level and Persistence. Direction to channelize their energies, level The word Mundane is derived from the latin word ‘mudus’ meaning ‘world’. In the thesaurus, mundane refers to an activity which is worldly, earthly, and commonplace. Although mundane is often considered simply a synonym for words like boring, or commonplace, it refers more to worldly or earthly matters vs. spiritual or heavenly. For a memory trick, note how mundane sounds like "Monday." Now, consider how mundane Mondays tend to be. On Mondays, you often have to do the most mundane activities of the week, whether it's at work, school, or home. In the light of the above information, the question revolves around the level of motivation of the people around us who stick to a mundane life to make our life’s better like the household maid, the rickshaw puller, the auto rickshaw driver, the security man, the sweepers among others.

The Project Approach

In this study of human behavior and their motivation levels, we would be concentrating on three key people around our vicinity – The security guards at ATM Machines, the rickshaw pullers and the household maids.

The characteristics of the three have been summarized in the table given below

| Security Guards @ ATM| Rickshaw Pullers| Household Maids| Job timings| 24 by 7 job| Need based timings| Morning and evening| Salaried/Daily Wager| Salaried | Daily Wager| Salaried | Formal reporting structure| Yes| No| No|

Peers at work| No| Yes| No|
Extra Remarks| Work allocation by shifts and locations keep changing| Self owned or rented rickshaws, mostly people | Multiple employers|

For this we would be creating a simple survey questionnaire and interacting with a few people from all three sample categories.

We would be conducting the survey for the household maids during the early morning hours from 0630 hrs to 0930 hrs as they are available only in the morning or evening hours and for the rickshaw pullers in the afternoon hours as they would be free and at the rickshaw stand in afternoon. The security guards at the ATM machines are available 24 by 7 and their surveys would be conducted in the nights, which are more dead periods for the ATM machine usage and would not hamper their day to day operations.

A copy of the Survey Questionnaire is attached towards the end of the project report for reference.

Results from the Survey Report

Project Composition

Age – A fairly uniform mix of people from various age groups has been considered.

Project Composition v/s Age graph

Family Size and Earning members

There is a very high correlation between family size and earning members, which is 0.85225915.

Work Experience / education

The Content Theory – Maslow’s hierarchy...
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