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Is it advisable for an organization to develop a work motivation policy that is applicable to all employees?  

There is no organization that can achieve efficiency if its employees are not motivated. This is the reason companies have work motivation policies, to guide them on the best approaches to take in motivating their employees. However, my dilemma is if it is ethical to apply the same employment incentive to encourage my employees to work hard and help the organization to achieve its objectives. It is a fact that in an organization, employees have different skills and positions, and I feel that using the same motivational policy is not unethical, and this is because of the notion of self-motivation.                                                              

As a professional, it has always been my interest to learn how to motivate myself, so that I can come up with activities to self-motivate. I believe that employees of an organization should be self-motivated. They can do this by discovering how to motivate themselves. I believe that without discovering self motivation, even with the best motivational programs an organization employs, employees will not be satisfied. I, therefore, want to know whether it is ethical to use the same workplace motivational policies for all the employees of my organization.   

Samantha Barber

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Heather Maxwell on February 13, 2018

There is an assumption that all employees are inspired by the same work motivation policies an organization develops. This assumption is based on the fact that when a policy is clear, well communicated and fairly implemented, then it would gain acceptance amongst all the employees. Furthermore, if the rewards of such a policy are high and meaningful, then employees will not see the need for opposing such policies. They will be motivated and be loyal to the company. Therefore, an acceptable motivational work policy should have a high reward and be implemented in a manner that is clear, consistent and fair.   

However, this is an assumption that can be challenged. This is because employees have different needs, and the same job related motivation policies cannot satisfy all those needs. This is a principle that is identified under the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs motivational theory. Under this motivational theory, employees have different needs, based on their position within the society and at the workplace. Under this theoretical framework, as a person moves up the social ladder, then does his need increase. For instance, at the lowest social ladder, all that a person needs are the basic needs, such as shelter, food, rest, etc.      

The self-actualization level is the highest, and a person seeks to achieve his full capabilities. On this basis, it is possible to assert that the same motivational policies cannot be applied to all the employees of an organization. This is because they have different needs and aspirations. For instance, the needs of a manager of a clothing line are different from the needs of a salesperson. This is because they are operating at different levels of income, they have different skills, and they have achieved different objectives in their lives. Therefore, it is unwise to use the same motivational policies for all of them.    

Nonetheless, when employees are self-motivated, they will not wait for the motivational programs of the company for inspiration. For instance, when I learned how to motivate myself, I have always worked successfully in any organization I was employed. This is because I do not wait for the company to motivate me since they are not aware of what my needs are. On this note, I do not regret reading books and materials on methods to motivate myself, because such skills have helped me to excel in companies that do not have motivational programs that satisfy my need. On this note, you should encourage your employees to look for ways of motivating themselves and make it clear that the motivational policies of the company are not enough to cater for their needs. If they discover self-motivation importance, the chances are high that you will get highly motivated employees to serve you.       

Therefore, putting measures aimed at discovering self motivation skills by employees is one of the best policies you can enact at your workplace, as it will result in a highly motivated workforce.   

Charles McAleara year ago

Work motivation is essential for every employee and I think that it’s important to develop it in your company in any way. You can try different techniques and I am sure that some of them will definitely be efficient and others won’t. So I would recommend you to try to motivate your staff using as many various methods as possible. Then you can find the most effective ones and apply them so that your employees could discover self motivation. 

Emily Alexandera year ago

This answer to work motivation policy is one of the best that I have read. I am satisfied with the manner in which the answer has used the hierarchy of needs theory to provide an explanation of the various needs of employees within an organization. It is a fact that managers have different needs from junior employees, and this is basically because of their social status. For instance, a company such as Amazon is known for paying its managers a good amount of bonuses, and commissions, when the company makes a certain percentage of profits. These kinds of commissions and bonuses are not paid to junior employees. However, these junior employees also have their own motivational programs but are not the same with that of the senior employees. The results are there for everybody to see. Amazon is one of the most successful online retailing company in the world. Thanks to its employment motivation policies.


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