Teamwork and Motivation

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Assignment 1: Teamwork and Motivation Imagine that you are the owner of a small manufacturing company. Your company manufactures a commodity, widgets. Your widget is a clone of a nationally known widget. Your company’s widget, WooWoo, is less expensive and more readily available than the nationally known brand. Presently, the sales are high; however, there are many defects, which increase your costs and delays delivery. Your company has fifty (50) employees in the following departments: sales, assembly, technology, and administration. Your professor will assign you to a team during Week 1. Your team is expected to meet the following requirements: Meet (in person or virtually) at least once between Week 1 and Week 5. Select a team leader. Collaborate and address the objectives of this assignment together. However, you are expected to write and submit individual papers. Please adhere to the University’s academic integrity policy. Reflect upon your team experiences. W

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Teamwork and MotivationStudent's nameUniversity AffiliationTeamwork and MotivationElements of organization's motivational planThe motivation plan for an organization helps it to know all the issues that might impact the performance of employees and the recommended solutions to tackle them so as to enhance productivity.Make the employees feel they are part and have influencing power over the project. This will make them feel appreciated and that they are valued. They will develop the feeling that their contribution is important thus they give their all to give more and better. Actually all employees must be given some powers over the projects (Edwards, & Alexander, 2008).Any input by any employee should be taken seriously. Team leaders need to always work with their members and make sure that their inputs fit into the perspective of the project. With this approach, members will be willing, motivated and have the chance to provide useful information, make it happen and see that their leaders recommends it.There is also the issue of cultural difference element. Managers should be aware of this factor considering that employees and members come from different cultural backgrounds, religion and beliefs etc. for instance, in other countries people have more holiday time than it is in the America. Thus more time in vacation would be a great reward and incentive to many employees. Job security and other perks that demonstrate appreciation is also worth. Money

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