Employee Motivation, Satisfaction, and Performance

  • I/O Psychology Project Positive Reinforcement

    [Please note this video includes music but the students do not speak] This video project shows the effects of positive reinforcement in the workplace. Two employees receive certifications as they start work. In the next scene you see the two employees working efficiently. In the first week, their manager puts star stickers on a positive reinforcement tracking sheet to reward…

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  • Getting Paid to Stay Healthy

    A new phrase is buzzing among employees of some companies: “wellness incentive.” Employers are offering rewards for staying healthy. Wyatt Andrews reports. How do wellness programs (especially when paired with an incentive) affect an employees needs, values, and wants? What are safety, social, ego, and self-actualization needs and how does satisfaction of those needs affect employee motivation? How do wellness…

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  • Herzberg Motivators

    This flash movie, resembling the videogame Super Mario, shows the motivators in Herzbergs two-factor theory. What are motivators and which are not covered in this flash movie (if any)? What are hygiene factors? How does this theory apply to motivation in the workplace?

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  • Office Space Trailer

    This trailer for the film Office Space shows two work environments (an office and a restaurant) and the stress caused by an unsatisfactory workplace. The main character contemplates his future and managers press employees to do more. What causes employees to be satisfied with and committed to their jobs?

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  • Job Satisfaction

    This organizational behavior student project covers job satisfaction in the workplace, including a look at productivity, customer service, absenteeism, and turnover. Stan is a satisfied employee who enjoys his job; he is productive and efficient. When Stan becomes unsatisfied with his job, he is no longer productive. A student explains that job satisfaction and productivity are related. Using Stan as…

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  • U.S. Job Satisfaction Nears a Decade High

    According to AP 48% of Americans in 2008 say that they are completely satisfied with their job, which is the second highest Gallup has measured during this decade. Americans may value their jobs (and be more satisfied with their jobs) more because of the economy and lack of other options. In this survey, job satisfaction was measured by physical safety…

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  • Attitudes, Emotions, and Work

    In this student project, five women demonstrate various aspects of the workplace and satisfaction therein. Here are their roles and topics: Amanda (manager-resigned work satisfaction), Kim (employee-progressive work satisfaction), Carol (employee-constructive work dissatisfaction), My (employee-stabilized work satisfaction), and Wilma (employee-withdrawal behaviors). In the first scene, My makes a personal phone call while her co-workers express their annoyance, but Amanda announces…

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  • I/O Psych Project Stress and Worker Wellbeing

    This student project on stress and worker wellbeing shows an office environment where two employees are in cubes facing one another. They are both on the phone, receiving paperwork from co-workers, and have cluttered work spaces. They seem a bit flustered and disorganized. The worker in a blue button-up shirt seems very stressed as he receives more and more work.…

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  • Human Resources: Employee Performance Appraisal Samples

    How do employers measure employee performance? Pat Goodwin speaks for eHow and offers samples of employee performance appraisals, which include the 360, the Harrison, the Campbells, and Myers-Briggs. Goodwin believes the 360 is the most effective measurement; the employee selects fellow colleagues and managers to appraise them on their interactions in the office. What are the steps involved in a…

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  • Performance Review

    In this clip from the UK, a female employee undergoes a performance review and, after having a discussion with her computer, decides to be more proactive about her own career. Performance review sets out to encourage individuals to think about reviews in a new way, so they stop dreading them and start seeing them in a more positive light. What…

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  • The Office Performance Review (Deleted Scene)

    In this clip from The Office, Dwight creates a visual aid to convince his manager, Michael, that he deserves a raise. Why are performance reviews necessary? How can a performance review benefit the employee and/or the company? What steps should a company take in order to decide the best appraisal method? Who else (besides the manager) can evaluate performance?

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  • How to Do Effective Performance Appraisals

    To achieve results, individuals and teams need to know what is expected of them using effective performance appraisals. Steven offers some tips: 1. Recognize the outcome (a learning and development plan for the employee); 2. Employer should come prepared to the appraisal interview (as should the employee); 3. Use documentation and bring questions; and 4. Focus on the future rather…

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  • Hiring and Firing: How To Do It Right

    CEOs at Demofall 2007 share sage advice on hiring and firing employees. CEOs explain that you should replace an employee as soon as you acknowledge an issue (because, at that point, it is already too late), make a termination quick and humane, have a conversation with employee about why they arent a strong fit for the position ASAP, and, proactively,…

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  • Terminating an Employee for Cause

    This student project provides examples of the correct and incorrect ways to terminate an employee. Andrew is fired and asked to leave immediately without clear reason or explanation. In the correct example, Andrew is brought in to speak with his manager, the HR representative, and the companys head. The HR representative provides documentation and company policy and procedures. What are…

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