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Motivation of subordinates is an important aspect of a managers job. 1. What do you think motivates a person to work well? 2. What steps can a manager take to motivate his subordinates?

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Motivation of subordinates is an important aspect of a manager's job. 1. What do you think motivates a person to work well? 2. What steps can a manager take to motivate his subordinates? The job of managers is to make sure that work is done by their employees. To do this, he might be able to motivate employees. Why do we need motivated employees? Motivated employees help organizations survive. Motivated employees are more productive. To be effective, managers need to understand what motivates employees within the context of the roles they perform. Of all the functions a manager performs, motivating employees is arguably the most complex. In Ukraine we've got an old saying: you can take horse to the water, but you can't make it drink - horse will do it only if it wants. I think it is the same with people. They will only do the thinks they want, or motivated to. But what will motivate employees to do their job well? What do they want? According to Maslow, human wants to satisfy 5 basic levels of needs: * Physiological needs - food, water, sleep, heat, sex etc. ...read more.


Herzberg believed that businesses should motivate employees by adopting a democratic approach to management and by improving the nature and content of the actual job through certain methods. Some of the methods managers could use to achieve. These are: Job enlargement - workers given a greater variety of tasks to perform (not necessarily more challenging) which should make the work more interesting. Job enrichment - workers given a wider range of more complex, interesting and challenging tasks surrounding a complete unit of work. This should give a greater sense of achievement. Empowerment means delegating more power to employees to make their own decisions over areas of their working life. All this is just a theory. But practice is always ahead the theory in this field, I think. So, let's try to answer two questions: what motivates person to work well? And what steps can a manager take to motivate his subordinates? What motivates person to work well? Really, what is the main motivator? Money? People commonly argue that money is a primary motivator. But I think, that for most people money is not a main motivator - despite what they might think and say. Of cause, people motivated by money if they come to work to fulfil economic needs. ...read more.


* Managers should train their workers, so they can master the job, and eventually move to bigger one. * I consider treatment to be important part of motivation. Person always feels better, when he/she treated in a good way. Managers should take an interest in the person and thank him/her when he/she has worked well. * If you want people to do a good job, give them a good job to do. Managers need to ensure that person's job was challenging one, however modest and level. * It is always better to be a part of a group. So, managers should develop a team spirit, in which the members feel that they can support others and be supported by them as well. Conclusion There is no simple answer to the question of how to motivate people. In reality, it does not add significantly to the theories of Maslow, Herzberg, and others. It seems to borrow a little from each of their works on motivation. To understand motivation one must understand human nature itself. It can be very simple, yet vary complex too. Understanding these will cause effective employee motivation on the work place. And as a result - effective management and leadership. Reference: 1. COLE, G. sixth edition, 2004, "Management. Theory and Practice", London, YHT Ltd. 2. www.en.wikipedia.org 3. www.accel-team.com 1 ...read more.

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