An Operational Motivational Plan 2 Theories and research of motivation are used to better understand how people feel about their employment and the organization that they work for. Goal setting research has been done in connection to business to assist managers to increase motivation, productivity, and performance of their employees. The importance of an organization having a motivational plan is immense. Setting goal and objectives are essential in the path to success. Motivational plans allow organizations to enhance productivity, motivation, and success. When goals are set, whether individual or organizational, a sense of achievement will be a result.

This paper will serve as a working example of an Operational Motivational Plan. An Operational Motivational Plan should contain fundamentals that are unique to the organization. Although each organization's motivational plan will be distinct, there are numerous elements that must apply in all motivational plans. The roles of the manager, the role of the organization, and the specific elements of the plan must exist.

In addition the results from an organization's motivational plan must be measurable and show evidence of improvement to the organization. The role of today's manager is very complex. It is difficult for managers to encourage employees due to various value systems and motivations of today's diverse work force. No single factor or incentive is sufficient in satisfying all employees. A manager's role in the organization is to lead the employees toward a common goal. This requires manager to function as motivators to their employees.

A lucrative way for managers to motivate their employees is through an operational motivation plan. The An Operational Motivational Plan 3 more familiarized and better acquainted a manager is with his / her employees, the better he / she can develop an operational motivation plan. The following is a working example of an operational motivation plan for a manager: SS Manager's Role Set short and long term goals for the assigned area Visioning- involves a belief that aspects of the future can be changed by what we do now Demonstration of commitment to goals and vision Obtain and provide support for goals Monitor goal achievement Adjust goals if necessary Recognize and Communicate goal achievement SS Hiring Staff Develop plans and procedures for identifying staff needs Develop job descriptions Establish guidelines for selecting the most qualified person for a specific position Recommend or select applicants for employment Interview candidates for position Orient new employees SS Supervise employee performance Apply management / leadership styles appropriate for situation Clarify roles and relationships Communicate performance expectations Clarify company policies and procedures Create and maintain an environment supportive of productivity Maintain employee performance Counsel employees Discipline employees Make recommendations based on employee performance (e. g. , transfers, promotions or dismissals) Counsel employees Discipline employees Manage the change process (e. g.

; globalization, retraining, technology updates) Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity including differences in gender, culture, race, language, etc... Explain motivational theory in selecting management techniques An Operational Motivational Plan 4 SS Design employee development activities Analyze employee development needs (e. g. ; training, updating, stress management) Select development strategies designed to meet individual and group needs Identify the benefits of employee development activities available inside and outside the organization Secure personnel resources, material, and equipment needed for developing activities Monitor employee development Evaluate employee progress Give positive feedback to employees concerning their progress Provide formal and informal recognition for employee development SS Develop an incentive/ recognition program Monetary rewards Promotion Addition to personal responsibilities Additional time off Fringe benefits (e. g. ; better health care plans, tuition assistance, etc...

) Larger office space Organizations and management must revise such plans quite often. This operational motivation plan can be used as a basic outline for a manager. When employees feel that they are achieving their goals and the goals of the organization, they feel a sense of achievement. In addition when employees have opportunities with in the organization for promotion, and advancement, they are more likely to be motivated, satisfied, and productive.

In conclusion, employees are the most important element of success in the organization, and add value to an organization. The organization and its managers must develop and implement an operational motivation plan for success. An Operational Motivational Plan 5 References Robbins, S. P. (2001). Organizational Behavior, Ninth Edition, 100-160.

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