Manufacturing unit workers are the frontline workers in a manufacturing industry. A manufacturing industry includes any businesses that convert raw materials into finished products or component products, and those that convert or assemble component products into finished products. Motivation on the other hand are internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested in and committed to a job, role, or subject, and to exert persistent effort in attaining a goal. Motivation is the energizer of behavior and mother of all action. The employees within an organization are a key resource. They account for a significant role in achieving the objectives of the organization. The performance and achievement of employees, to a large extent, has a significant impact on the growth and efficiency within an organization. In order to ensure the employees to work consistently with the accomplishment of organizational goals, motivation then is the key in influencing the behavior and morale of employees. There are various theories of motivation and they include: Maslow’s theory of needs, McGregor’s theory x and theory Y, Herzberg‘s two factor theory, reinforcement theory, goal setting theory e.t.c For this paper, I will like to present it as a case study situation, where I am the consultant that created and helped implement a motivation schemes for unit workers of a manufacturing factory in Nigeria. Case study- unit workers motivation scheme.
Eleganza limited Nigeria, a medium-size stainless steel factory in Nigeria, had no real system in place to recognize or reward workers. The result not only affected the factory’s efficiency and productivity but also contributed to a lack of commitment on the part of workers, which led to high absenteeism and high turnover rates. As the factory’s general manager put it, “morale was low, and there was a general show of indifference” on the part of the factory’s workers....
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