Teamwork and Motivation
Dr. Kimberly Millier
July 19, 2013
Assignment 3: Teamwork and Motivation
Due Week 7 and worth 200 points
Imagine that you are the owner of a small manufacturing company. Your company manufactures a commodity, widgets. Your widget is a clone of a nationally known widget. Your company’s widget, WooWoo, is less expensive and more readily available than the nationally known brand. Presently, the sales are high; however, there are many defects, which increase your costs and delays delivery. Your company has fifty (50) employees in the following departments: sales, assembly, technology, and administration. Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:
1. Design an organization motivation plan that encourages: a. high job satisfaction
b. low turnover
c. high productivity
d. high-quality work
2. Propose two (2) methods to motivate all of the employees in the organization. Rate these methods in order of importance. 3. Propose three (3) ways to motivate the minimum wage service worker. Support your suggestions with a motivation theory. 4. Analyze the relevance of the individual worker in today’s organizational context. 5. Re-create and complete the following Individual Work to Teamwork chart using Microsoft Office or an equivalent such as OpenOffice. The left-hand column is filled with terms that describe an individual worker. Fill in the right-hand column with descriptive terms that suggest the desired change in behavior from individual work to teamwork. Use Chapter 8 as a reference. Note: The graphically depicted solution is not included in the required page length. Individual Work to Teamwork
TEAM MEMBER (change in behavior from individual to team member) Talks
6. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The career benefits
The ability to motivate has long been considered one of the most desirable traits of a high-level manager. In some cases, this aptitude makes or breaks a career. It’s so vital that Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, authors of First Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, consider it one of the four activities excellent managers must do well. Buckingham and Coffman explain that, when it comes to motivation, managers need to think of themselves as catalysts.
“As with all catalysts, the manager’s function is to speed up the reaction between two substances, thus creating the desired end product,” state the authors. A manager creates performance in each employee by speeding up the reaction between the employee’s talents and the company’s goals, and between the employee’s talents and the customers’ needs.
The result of good motivation can be sterling if done right. “When hundreds of managers play this role well, the company becomes strong, one employee at a time,” explain the authors.
Creating a motivational plan
Becoming an effective agent of change without compromising the company’s bottom line takes deliberate thought and action.
First, it’s important to reaffirm what many managers already know instinctively. Motivation is not manipulation—good...
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