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An exploratory study into whether the reward structures that are in place in Irish organisations are equally motivating across genders.

Maxwell, Katie (2020) An exploratory study into whether the reward structures that are in place in Irish organisations are equally motivating across genders. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Reward structures and policies are designed and signed off by employees in seniormanagement roles (Broadbridge and Hearn, 2008), which in Ireland in 2019 were filled by 71.7% males (CSO, 2019). This shows that, in most organisations, reward structures are designed and implemented by men. Research has also shown how rewards set by one gender are better received by those of the same gender (Broadbridge and Hearn, 2008).

The aim of the research study was to examine the relationship between rewards and the motivation levels across both genders, with a focus on determining if there is a link between reward structures being set up to favour one gender over another.

The researcher uses a qualitative analysis approach, interviewing 12 participants; a mix of both males and females to try and explore the relationship between motivation and rewards across genders in more detail.

The findings indicated that women were significantly less motivated than men in their organisations and were looking for alternative opportunities. This was attributed to women receiving fewer rewards and almost no recognition or feedback.

The findings also showed men and women valued very different rewards, with men preferring monetary rewards and women preferring a blend of non-monetary rewards, such as recognition and flexible working.

The main conclusion derived from the research was that men and women have different reward preferences and that only men were receiving rewards that they valued.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Equal Opportunity in Employment
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Motivation
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Reward Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 11:00
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4611

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