By: Veronica Morgan


  1. Will employees will be motivated if they receive little surprises?
  2. Will employees will be productive if they get to socialize?
  3. Will employees will be motivated if they see their leader working hard?
  4. Will employees will be productive if we set goals for what needs to be done?
  5. Will employees would be happy if they got longer breaks?

Answers to my Questions

  1. Little surprises are motivation booster because it shows that employees are making their goals and doing their job correctly.
  2. Socializing with these people is a natural outgrowth of your common interests. If you take the time to get to know your fellow workers on a personal level you'll find that work becomes more pleasant and will most likely be more productive. Pg.136 happy @ work
  3. You need to be a role model for your employees so they can look up to you.
  4. Helping an employee with goals then if they achieve that goal they will not only get work done will also get an reward and a better relationship with their boss.
  5. Afew more minutes to socialize during breaks or lunch will get employees to know one another and be more friendly environment which cause more work and goals to get done

Motivational Theories

1: Herzberg: make workers more productive by rewarding them an example would be promotion.

2: Taylor: motivated by money workers should get paid by how many products they make not by the hours they work.

Yes i agree with the motivational theories from Herzberg because people doing what they are supposed to be and should get rewarded for working hard rather than the employees not doing what they are supposed to do. Taylor is also a good theory because some companies they have different jobs in that certain department and some others have a little more to do. Since they are working more or harder they should get paid just a little more.

In Depth Motivational Theories

Frederick Herzberg: Herzberg made the two factor theory of job satisfaction. Factors could be anything from clean toilets to a higher pay and everything in between. These factors are supposed to make employees to be motivated. It may not always boost motivation but if you don’t have these it lowers the motivation from all workers. Example of his theory would be to have workers be more productive by rewarding them with a promotion.

Frederick Taylor: Taylor's theory is to match employees to their jobs based on what they do best and their capability on a job. Once you find their best job train them to work the best that they can. He thinks employees are motivated by money. Workers should get paid by how many products they make not by the hours they work. I think he is right because you don’t want to give an employee a job that they are not good at and do poorly at. Since some people in the same department do more work so it would not be fair to pay two people the same amount when someone is doing twice the work than someone else.

Driving Question

I think motivation=happiness=productivity because if you’re are motivated to do something you feel good about yourself. The happier you are about yourself for accomplishing a work goal or getting something done during the week the more productive you’ll be because you’ll want to make yourself feel good more often. This creates happiness and productivity because most employees want to feel appreciated for everything they do and how hard they work. Giving employees a few extra breaks or getting a gift card to their favorite restaurant or something small shows that what they are doing is right and someone is noticing especially the boss.

Question #1

I think employees would be motivated if they got a surprise at the end of the week because if this happened to me I would feel accomplished. It’s basically saying for doing what I was supposed to do and for doing a good job I got a reward. Let employees get an extra break and explain to them why you are giving them a break. Let them leave a couple of hours earlier or arrive a couple of hours later in the day. Only do this when all your employees have been working hard and deserve a little treat or break. This will motivate them to be working harder and smarter so they can earn another day or surprise like this. In my survey that I conducted 9/10 people said yes they would be motivated if they got a gift card at the end of the week but 6/10 said they would not be motivated if they got a favorite dessert at the end of the week.

Question #2

I think employees will be motivated if they got to socialize more either with longer breaks and got to go get coffee with friends or even just got to hang out in the break room with coworkers. I also think it will motivate them to work harder after getting to talk to your friends and getting whatever off your chest so you're not stressed.Socializing can be helpful because your work seems less machine like and more of a team effort when you talk to most of your co workers. Have gatherings after work like parties, for example where your employees can come relaxed and talk about something rather than work. This way you can just talk to others who do what you do and explain what you do if you are in different departments but same company. 5/10 people during my survey said they would not like to go bowling with coworkers. However 7/10 would like to have parties with co workers to relax and get to enjoy themselves.

Question #3

I think I would be very motivated if I saw my boss working just as hard as me. Whether it be to get things done faster or because he thinks it would be unfair if he isn’t doing anything while my fellow coworkers and I are doing all the work. As a leader you need to set a good example so your employees can look up to you and want to do the same. This is so if you set a happy and optimistic environment your employees will be looking forward to going to work. They will also get the job done the first time and not mope around or being rude to anyone. In my latest survey I asked ten people if they saw their boss working hard would you be motivated 9/10 said yes to this question. Also 9/10 employees had said yes they would be motivated if their boss or leader was working just as long hours as us.

Question #4

I think employees will be more productive if they got goals done within a certain timeline. It doesn't matter if it were to be a personal or work goal. Once you accomplish a goal you feel relieved and feel like you can do anything. This also means you won’t be as stressing over it and you will be motivated to get this goal done so you can do other things. If you don’t reach a goal you decreases in satisfaction and feel bad about yourself which is why you need to strive for that goal. There had been a recent study that showed people who had to a goal to find a certain amount of books were 15% more productive than those who were not given to set a goal. To reach a goal it has to be SMART which means it needs to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timed. Don’t make it too hard where it will be impossible to reach and have it be relevant. Set a goal line when you need to have this goal met by. 9/10 people said they would be productive if they set a work goal to achieve by the end of the week. Those same 9 people has also said they would be a more productive worker if they got a personal goal done by the end of the week.

Question #5

I think employees would be happy if they got a little longer break or few extra minutes for lunch because then they don’t have to be in such a rush and having to eat very fast. It is not good to eat all your food fast because it will cause cramps and make your stomach ache.Encourage employees to step away from work even just for a half hour that they’re not overly stressed and feel like they have to do a lot of work to impress you. To encourage some employees that don't want to step away from their desk make your break room more comfortable have free snacks or drinks like coffee to get them to go in there and refuel their brain. 80% of employees on my survey said they would be happier if they got an extra 30 minute break during the work day. However sleeping is not an answer because only 4/10 or 40% said an extra 20 minute nap would not make them happier.