What is motivation?
Motivation is the ways in which a business can encourage staff to give their best. Motivated staff care about the success of the business and work better. A motivated staff workforce results in:
- increased output
- improved quality
- a higher level of staff retention
Managers can motivate staff by paying a fair wage. Payment methods include:
- Time rate- staff are paid for the number of hours worked.
- overtime- Staff are paid extra for working beyond normal hours.
- piece rate- staff are piad for the number of items procduced.
- commission- staff are paid for the number of items they sell.
- performance related pay- staff get a bonus for meeting a target set by a manager.
- profit sharing- staff receive a part of any profits made by the business.
- salary- staff are paid monthly no matter how many hours they work.
Non payment methods of motivation
Managers can motivate staff using factors other than pay though:
- job rotation- staff are switched between different tasks to reduce monotony.
- job enlargement- staff are given more tasks to do of similiar difficulty.
- empowerment- staff are given the authority to make decisions about how they do their job.
- putting groups of workers in a team who are responsible for completing a certain task together