Creating a Plan for Positive Influence

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Sabine Jean-Louis


Creating a Plan for Positive Influence

January 17, 2011

Hiram Velez

In the workplace, it is imperative to find different alternative to increase motivation, satisfaction, and performance of the individuals in a team. By doing so, one can improve efficiency, accuracy, and employee morale. Team A completed three self assessments, all which target motivation, satisfaction, involvement, and performance. Using the results from the assessments, the following will outline a plan that may be applied in a business setting and that would increase the team’s motivation, satisfaction, and performance.

The emotional intelligence scores for Team A are low, which says that the team’s motivation is low as well (see attached chart). One method to increase the team’s motivation is by changing the nature of the work environment. This can be done through job rotation, job enlargement, job enrichment, employee involvement, and creating flextime. Job rotation is defined as the “periodic shifting of an employee from one task to another” (Robbins and Judge, 2007, pg. 2). We strongly encourage job rotation at the agency I am employed as it enables other employees to fulfill the duties of task if the person responsible is unable to complete it. It also sends a message to employees that the agency values their work and that the employees are capable of fulfilling a job, encouraging instead of discouraging. In the same manner, team A’s motivation can be increased by giving them more challenging work or something that is out of their normal range of work.

Another way that motivation can be improved is via job enlargement. Job enlargement is defined as “increasing the number and variety of tasks that an individual performs” (Robbins and Judge, 2007, pg. 5). At times, employees suffer from job boredom due to the simplicity of their position. This can result in low motivation because the employee may feel unworthy to complete more difficult...