Using Motivation to Improve Performance

May 4th, 2015
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Assignment 2: Using Motivation to Improve Performance


Motivation is a complex subject, but its understanding and application is central to the success of management and organizational success. Imagine that you have been tasked by the CEO of your organization (current or past) with recommending actions to improve the motivation of the organization’s employees. The CEO has requested that you prepare a talking paper explaining to management what motivation is, the factors that influence motivation, the role of the leader in motivation, and ways the organization can inspire motivation. The talking paper should not be a reiteration of motivation theory, but should provide succinct points that cover the key topics of motivation and provides a road map that management can implement to improve motivation within the organization. Note: You may create and / or make all necessary assumptions needed for the completion of this assignment.

For an explanation of a talking paper and tips to create a successful one, read the article titled “How to Write a Talking Points Paper”, located athttp://www.ehow.com/how_8113844_write-talking-points-paper.html. Also, review the document titled “Talking Paper Instructions”.

In preparation for this assignment, review the following additional resources on motivation:

Resources:

“Creating a motivating work environment” (2 min 20 s), located at http://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Creating-motivating-work-environment/142957/155997-4.html?org=strayer.edu.

Berry, J. (2014). Revolutionising motivation. Training Journal, 10-13. (Note: Available in the Strayer Library)

Write a two to four (2-4) page talking paper in which you:

  1. Synthesize the concept of motivation, and examine the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.
  2. Evaluate the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and propose at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.
  3. Detail the feedback control loop, and suggest one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.
  4. Assess the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.
  5. Devise a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.
  6. Select one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Outline a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.
  7. Recommend the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.
  8. Use at least three (3) quality academic references in this assignment. You may include the resource(s) provided in the assignment. Note: Wikipedia does not qualify as an academic resource.

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 specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the relationship between the basic organizational behavior models of individual, group, and organizational processes, and the productivity of an organization.
  • Explain the variety of motivational theories and job design considerations.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in leadership and organizational behavior.
  • Write clearly and concisely about leadership and organizational behavior using proper writing mechanics.

Points: 220

Assignment 2: Using Motivation to Improve Performance

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Synthesize the concept of motivation, and examine the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely synthesized the concept of motivation, and did not submit or incompletely examined the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.

Partially synthesized the concept of motivation, and partially examined the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.

Satisfactorily synthesized the concept of motivation, and satisfactorily examined the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.

Thoroughly synthesized the concept of motivation, and thoroughly examined the substantial reasons why motivation is difficult to understand.

2. Evaluate the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and propose at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely evaluated the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and did not submit or incompletely proposed at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.

Partially evaluated the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and partially proposed at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.

Satisfactorily evaluated the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and satisfactorily proposed at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.

Thoroughly evaluated the potential effectiveness of the model positioning of motivation, and thoroughly proposed at least one (1) action that the organization can take in order to apply the concept.

3. Detail the feedback control loop, and suggest one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely detailed the feedback control loop, and did not submit or incompletely suggested one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

Partially detailed the feedback control loop, and partially suggested one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

Satisfactorily detailed the feedback control loop, and satisfactorily suggested one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

Thoroughly detailed the feedback control loop, and thoroughly suggested one (1) way that the organization can use the feedback control loop to determine whether management’s actions are motivating or demotivating.

4. Assess the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely assessed the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.

Partially assessed the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.

Satisfactorily assessed the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.

Thoroughly assessed the manner in which leaders can influence employee motivation through goal setting, impression management, and encouragement.

5. Devise a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely devised a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.

Partially devised a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.

Satisfactorily devised a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.

Thoroughly devised a plan to redesign a job of your choice within the organization, outlining the steps that the organization would need to take to redesign the job to encourage and develop motivation for employees.

6. Select one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Outline a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely selected one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Did not submit or incompletely outlined a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.

Partially selected one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Partially outlined a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.

Satisfactorily selected one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Satisfactorily outlined a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.

Thoroughly selected one (1) theory of motivation from pages 185 to 206 in the textbook. Thoroughly outlined a plan to integrate the selected theory into the organization.

7. Recommend the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.

Weight: 5%

Did not submit or incompletely recommended the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.

Partially recommended the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.

Satisfactorily recommended the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.

Thoroughly recommended the key to success in implementing your plan of action to increase motivation within your chosen organization.

8. 3 references

Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

9.Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting

Weight: 5%

Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.

10.Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and  reference

Weight: 5%

Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section.

In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in APA style.

Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in APA style.

In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style.

11.Information Literacy / Integration of Sources

Weight: 5%

Serious errors in the integration of sources, such as intentional or accidental plagiarism, or failure to use in-text citations.

Sources are partially integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Sources are mostly integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

12.Clarity and Coherence of Writing

Weight: 5%

Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.


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