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2005 Business Abstracts

2005 Research Fair Archive - Business Abstracts

Employee Motivation in the Workplace
by Carla Valencia  (Faculty Sponsor:  Georgia White)

Employee motivation has always been a central problem for leaders and managers. Unmotivated employees are likely to spend little or no effort in their jobs, avoid the workplace as much as possible, and produce low quality work. The goal of the current project was to assess specific strategies that Managers use to motivate employees, as well as to assess the effectiveness of these strategies. Questionnaires were given to different business owners, executive managers and surveys to employees from different organizations in the city to test my hypotheses. Results indicate that the employers surveyed attempted several different incentive programs to motivate their employees, yet those programs have not worked for everyone in the company. This study, though constrained by small sample size, it shows a marked difference between employees and managers as to what constitutes successful motivation. The purpose of collecting this data was to help companies improve their operations.