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Business Essay Theory X and Theory Y Douglas McGregor suggested that there are two different ways in which workers attitudes toward work. Each of these views, which McGregor called Theory X and Theory Y, has implications for management. Below are the assumptions that would be held by a manager who uses the McGregor theory. With the theory X style people do not really like to work and will avoid it if at all possible so they must be coerced, controlled, directed, threatened with punishment to get them to work. The average worker avoids responsibility, is unambitious and wants security more than anything else. Theory X managers believe that workers could make sound decisions. Therefore, this type of leader is more likely to act as "coach", and let the workers make most of the decisions. Managers in both cases would seem to keep most of the power and authority. In the case of Theory Y, the manager would take suggestions from workers, but would keep the power to implement the decision. The Y theory assumes that, much like training
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Unformatted text preview: up a child, an employee can be trained to like work, seek out creative means to meet company objectives, become self-directed and request responsibility. In general this theory seeks to align personal goals along with the goals of an organization. Job satisfaction is key to engaging employees and ensuring their commitment. For me personal I would rather work for a the Y style of manager, the reason for this is because with the Y theory managers, there goal is to build a management with professionalism as well as freedom. Also I am not a person that works to there potential while under pressure from someone. I would work well under the Y theory style of manger because they would listen to your views on subjects that may concern you and also the ability to speak with an open mind. I believe that with this style of manager, the business or company will have the best chance of reaching their goals while maintaining employee satisfaction. Justin Harlow...
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2010 for the course BUSINESS 465 taught by Professor Holbrook during the Spring '08 term at Vincennes.

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