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Lack Productivity? Motivate your employee!

What is Productivity?

Productivity is simply a technical term. It is the ratio of output to input.

Productivity is about the effective and efficient use of all resources. Resources include time, people, knowledge, information, finance, equipment, materials.

It is a measure of how efficiently andeffectively a business or an economy uses inputs such as labour and capital to produce outputs such as goods and services.
An increase in productivity means that more goods and services are produced with the same amount of labour and capital. It is not about cutting costs but “doing things right” and “doing the right things” to achieve maximum efficiency and value.

Employee productivity is an assessment of the efficiency of a worker or group of workers.
Productivity may be evaluated in terms of the output of an employee in a specific period of time.

So, as the productivity is associated with the employee we can increase it by motivating them.

What is Motivation?

Motivation is next to directing and leading. Managers can motivate their subordinates while guiding them. Motivating means encouraging people to take more initiative and interest in the work assigned. It is an art of getting things done willingly from others.

Motivation avoids clashes and non-cooperation and brings harmony, unity and co-operative outlook among employees. Managers have to work as motivators of their subordinates. For this, effective communication, proper appreciation of work done and positive encouragement are necessary and useful.

Motivation is inspiring and encouraging people to work more and contribute for achieving the objectives of the company The creation of the desire and willingness to perform the job efficiently is known as motivation.

Motivation is a psychological and sociological concept as it relates to human behavior and human relations. It is the most fundamental and all pervasive concept of psychology. For motivation, sweet words are useful but are certainly not adequate.

Motivation basically relates to human needs, desires and expectations. In other words, these factors suggest the measures which can be used for the motivation of employees.

In motivation, efforts should be made to satisfy the different needs of employees so that they will be satisfied, happy and away from tensions. This creates favorable environment because of which employees take more interest and initiative in the work and perform their jobs efficiently.

Motivation is a technique of creating attraction for the job. It is encouraging employees for better performance in order to achieve the goals of an Organization.

The process of motivation is a continuous one (circular one) and is beneficial to both - employer and employees. It is a key to improve work performance of employees.

Motivation is the act of making someone to act in the desired manner through positive encouragement. It is through motivation that employees can be induced to work more, to earn more and to give better results to the Organization.

 W. G. Scot defines, "Motivation means a process of stimulating people to action to accomplish the desired goals."

Features of Motivation

Psychological Process 

 Motivation is a psychological process useful for encouraging employees to take more interest in the work assigned. It relates to human relations.
Initiative by Manager 

The initiative for motivation is by the manager by offering guidance and also by other methods like appreciation of good work or offering incentives. Management has to adopt special measures for motivating employees. They include monetary as well as non-monetary.

Continuous activity 

It is a continuous and circular process. Subordinates need motivation in a continuous manner as their needs and expectations change from time to time. A manager has to study the needs of workers and use the technique of motivation accordingly. The process of motivation must be made a regular and continuous one.

Goal-oriented and action-oriented 

 Motivation diverts human behavior towards certain goals. Attainment of organizational and individual goals depends on the motivational plans.

Broad concept 

 Motivation covers needs, human relations and satisfaction of employees. For employee motivation, monetary and other incentives need to be offered. Job satisfaction is one such need and is useful for their motivation.

Essence of management process 

 Motivation is an essential function of a manager. He has to motivate his subordinates for achieving organizational objectives. Motivated labor force is an asset of a business unit. Motivated employees bring prosperity to a business unit.

Beneficial to employees and management 

 Motivation offers benefits to employees and Organization. It avoids crashes and encourages cooperative outlook among employees. Motivation leads to cordial labour-management relations. It provides more profit to management and better welfare to employees.

Motivation is different from satisfaction 
 Motivation implies a drive towards a result while satisfaction involves result already experienced and achieved. 'When desire is satisfied, employee is motivated'.

Importance of Motivation

Motivation has an important place and position in the whole management process. This technique can be used fruitfully for encouraging workers to make positive contribution for achieving organizational objectives.

Motivation is necessary as human nature needs some sort of inducement, encouragement or incentive in order to get better performance. Motivation of employee’s offers may benefits to the Organization and also to the employees.

This suggests the importance of motivating employees. Motivation acts as a technique for improving the performance of employees working at different levels.

Motivation of employees is one function which every manager has to perform along with other managerial functions. A manager has to function as a friend and motivator of his subordinates.

Motivation is useful in all aspects of life and even our family life. The same is the case with business. This dearly suggests that motivation is extremely important. It is an integral part of management process itself.

Advantages of Motivation to Management / Organization

  • Increase in the efficiency and productivity of employees. Motivation ensures a high level performance of employees.
  • Better co-operation from employees and cordial labour-management relations.
  • Reduction in the rate of labour absenteeism and turnover.
  • Reduction in the wastages and industrial accidents.
  • Improvement in the morale of employees.
  • Quick achievement of business/corporate objectives and favorable corporate image.

Advantages of Motivation to Employees / Workers

  • Employees get various monetary and non-monetary facilities/benefits which provide better life and welfare to them.
  • Security of employment and other benefits due to cordial relations with the management.
  • Job attraction and job satisfaction.
  • Higher status and opportunities of participation in management.
  • Positive approach and outlook of employees towards company, management and superiors.
  • Reduction in the rate of labour turnover which is harmful to employees and management.
  • Better scope for improvement in knowledge and skills of employees.

How to motivate your employee

You can motivate your employee in various ways.
But most common ways of motivating employees is giving them incentives. Incentives can be of two types, monetary or financial and non monetary.

Monetary or Financial Incentives

Monetary incentives are offered in terms of money. Such incentives provide more cash or purchasing power to employees. Monetary incentives are extremely attractive to employees (particularly those working at lower levels) as they get the benefit quickly and in concrete terms.

At the higher levels of management, non-monetary incentives are more important than monetary incentives. Workers prefer monetary incentives as compared to non-monetary incentives. Managements also offer liberal monetary incentives to all categories of workers.

Monetary incentives may be further classified as following :-

Individual Monetary Incentives 

The benefit of individual monetary incentive is available to concerned worker only. For example, F. W. Taylor suggested differential piece rate system which offers different wage rates to different workers as per their production efficiency.

Different incentive wage plans are the examples of individual monetary incentives as the benefit is offered individually to every worker. Here, a worker is paid as per his efficiency, productivity or as per the production given by him. Efficient/sincere workers give more production and get higher reward in terms of wage payment.

Group Monetary Incentives 

In the group monetary incentives, the monetary benefit is not given individually but to a group of workers or to all workers in the Organization. Workers have to work jointly/collectively as a team in order to secure the benefits of group monetary incentives.

Bonus payment, pension, P.F, production/productivity bonus, profit sharing, etc. are the examples of group monetary incentives. For the employer/management, group incentives are more important as they offer many benefits to the management.

Non-monetary Incentives for Employee

Job security and job enrichment 

Job security is useful for the motivation of employees. Such security keeps the employee away from the tension of becoming unemployed. Job enrichment provides an opportunity for greater recognition and advancement. Job enrichment refers to redesign of jobs.

Fair treatment to employees 

Employer should give attention to the needs, difficulties and grievances of employees. Small work groups and effective communication are useful for solving the problems of workers. Employees must be given decent treatment.

They will be co-operative only when they are treated with sympathy and love, affection and dignity. Employees should also be given help in personal matters.

Recognition of good work 

Recognition of good work at an appropriate time gives encouragement to employees to show better performance in future. As an appreciation of good work, prizes, rewards, promotions, etc. should be given.

Encouragement to self-development and career development

Employees should be given varied training facilities. Training facilitates self-development and also provides opportunities for career development.

Every employee has a desire to grow, develop and rise higher. This desire should be exploited fully for motivating employees. For this, training as well as management development program should be introduced.

Delegation of authority 

Due to delegation of authority, a subordinate employee feels that superior has faith in him and also in his ability to use authority in a proper manner. Employees get mental satisfaction when authority is given to them. They take interest and initiative in the work and try to prove that they are competent to work at the higher levels. Thus, delegation of authority becomes a motivating factor.

Congenial working conditions 

It is a non financial incentive for motivation. Employees should be given various facilities and conveniences at the work place. The work environment should be pleasant and safe. This creates desire to work efficiently.

Helpful attitude of management 

The helpful attitude of management towards its employees creates a sense of affinity for the Organization. Fair treatment to workers creates better understanding among workers. Cordial industrial relations also motivate employees. Thus, enlightened and pro-employee attitude of management acts as a motivating factor.

Fair opportunity of promotion 

Fair opportunity of promotion to all eligible workers is one more method useful for motivating employees. They take interest in the work as they feet that they will be rewarded in the form of promotions. Training facility should be provided to employees in order to make them eligible for promotion.

Labour participation in management 

Labour participation in management is useful for the motivation of employees. Workers get higher status and better scope for expressing their views through such participation. Even the formation of quality circles or joint management councils is useful for motivating employees.

Designation and status 

When an employee is provided with a better designation, it adds to his status. Employees are proud to reveal their attractive and high-sounding designations.


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