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Standard Life - Motivation Essay An organisation's success depends on the ability of managers to provide an environment which motivates personnel and maintains an environment of productive, happy and satisfied employees. I will explore some different theories of motivation and determine what is involved in creating an ideal state of performance and motivation in the work force. Firstly, different staff members are motivated in very different ways; mainly this differs through different management styles. McGregor's X and Y theory states that staff that are unskilled benefit from a management style whereby managers are more autocratic in their actions, giving staff more focus and direction with instructions within their jobs. For the unskilled staff within Standard Life (SL) this is likely to create a sense of security, which is currently lacking within the company according to a recent questionnaire carried out. ...read more.


At standard life it is safe to assume there will be a mixture of both skilled and unskilled staff amongst the workforce. This therefore will mean that to get the most out of staff, managers will have to alter their style when dealing with different individuals in connection with their position in the hierarchy of the organization. If standard life does this it may increase the "employee engagement" within the business which at present is at a low. This lack of employee engagement has fallen in the last two years. One of the reason for this is lack in engagement within the company is due to the fact that staff don't have a overview of where the business is going and therefore what goals to aim for. ...read more.


However, in the case of SL of current greater importance since staff are not motivated and do not feel part of a company. As Hertzberg explains in his motivational and hygiene factors, achievement, advancement and personal growth are all things in which motivate staff and clearly a training programme involves these things. Even though this is a very effective way to boost morale as well as adding resources to the business it still is a very costly process for a problem such as low morale. However, the cost may be worthwhile since not only will a staff be more motivated therefore optimizing their working output but furthermore bottom line targets are likely to be benefited also since staff now have further knowledge to achieve these targets more effectively. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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