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In what way can motivational theories be used to enhance staff productivity in Irish SME’s?

Howard, Ronan (2021) In what way can motivational theories be used to enhance staff productivity in Irish SME’s? Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Motivation in the workplace is what causes people to get work done, and it’s aims are to increase employee’s willingness to do their job, to improve their job satisfaction and their job performance. Motivation as a result, impacts upon staff productivity. There have been many motivational theories developed since the industrial revolution which are considered the best way of describing what motivates people. The research will attempt to discover if by applying multiple different motivational theories, will staff motivation and productivity increase more than by only applying a single method. Is has been discovered by previous research that motivation increases staff efficiency, but the researcher couldn’t discover any previous research of combining multiple theories to increase efficiency. This research will attempt to fill this gap in the research, as it may allow for small and medium enterprises to compete stronger against larger enterprises who only apply one method of motivation to their staff. This research will also attempt to discover if it is feasible for small and medium enterprises to use several theories of motivation, and to discover if traditional theories of motivation are still relevant today. The research design will be comprised of interviews with managers and owners of small coffee shops and of surveys with the staff who work in the coffee shops. This will be done to discover if the managers and owners implement multiple methods of motivation and if so, comparisons can be drawn if the staff are more motivated and productive when multiple methods are used. Although one limitation of the research was finding respondents for the study, the research found through an interview with an owner who implemented multiple methods, that the owner believed that her staff were highly motivated as a result. This research could prove to be significant for further research in the future, as if more respondents are found for the study and using multiple methods of motivation proves to be effective, it could give small businesses more opportunity to compete against larger businesses.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
H Social Sciences > Economics > Microeconomics > Production (Economic theory) > Industrial productivity > Labor productivity
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 > Small Business Sector
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Business Studies
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 12:51
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 12:51
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5387

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