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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
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Payment Methods

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. 
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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 
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