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Running Header: WORKPLACE MOTIVATION 1 Workplace Motivation Luis E. Baez PSY/320 Human Motivation December 2, 2010 Dr. Douglas M. Butler
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Workplace Motivation 2 Workplace Motivation Creating a positive work environment that brings out the best in people and leads to high performance can be established if the goals and objectives are driven from the top-down. Business owners, senior and mid level management must align in their mission to create a successful business environment where people can develop, grow, and enjoy a long career with the company. High performance comes naturally when people share the same mission and agree on the guiding principles. Pojidaeff (1995) believes, and has observed, that high performance is a by-product of a culture based not on any sense of entitlement or protectionism, but squarely on the principle of “value added”. People will be intrinsically motivated to perform exceptionally well, day after day; if they feel that everyone in the organization is working on a common mission (Reeve, 2009). We will look at how a small, private, family owned company, in the Oil and Gas industry, is trying to motivate its employees as it grows in this unstable economy. Welker, Inc.’s Effort to Improve Performance Many organizations recognize the need for change, but are reluctant and afraid to implement the core principles and provide a truly participative work environment. As a result, they do not engage the whole organization in the change process -- the process is still being managed and controlled at the top (Reeves, 2009). Only when everyone is deeply engaged and responsible for change is it going to be successful. Pretense of total participation throughout the organization only results in cynicism, poor motivation, and decreased productivity (Reeves, 2009). Welker, Inc. has been around for over 50 years and is in its third generation of leadership. As a small company and with few employees, it was not difficult to motivate its employees. The owner was involved with the everyday functions of the business, so he worked closely with his
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Workplace Motivation 3 personnel and gave them assistance and training. Today, as Welker’s workforce grows, management can no longer be as personable as it used to be. Welker uses extrinsic motivational
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