How Caribbean managers can enhance the motivation of their employees Templar, R (The Rules of Management, Pearson Prentice Hall 2005, p.66) concludes that “If your staff do something good, tell them. And then tell them again. And again. Keep it up. Put it in writing. Send them a memo – something they can keep. Put it in the company newsletter. Add a note to their file. Whatever, but make it widely known they did good. This is a quick and cheap method of praising and motivating your team and it lets everyone know you are monitoring, praising, motivating.” Motivation is defined as the processes that account for an individual’s intensity, direction, and persistence of effort toward attaining a goal. Robbins, Stephen P, (Organizational Behavior, 11th Edition p. 170) Managers in the Caribbean can enhance the motivation of their employees in a number of ways along with the assistance of a few motivational theories. As explained in Abraham Maslow’s well known Hierarchy of Needs Theory, he looks at what motivates people, so he concludes that within each individual there are six needs that exist. These needs in hierarchical order from the bottom to the top are: Physiological, Safety, Social, Esteem and Self-actualization. Maslow believed that these needs are similar to instincts and play a major role in motivating behavior. In this theory he proposes that when one need is fulfilled then another need comes and takes its place. For example; an individual needs to have the physiological needs, such as water, air, food, sleep and
money etc. satisfied first, these are the most basic needs that are vital to survival and once they are met then they move on to the need for safety; which is the desire to secure a job, health insurance etc. Once these are obtained the next desire to be satisfied is the social need; where one feel obliged to look after and begin a family. Families help fulfill this need for companionship and acceptance, as does involvement in social, community...
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