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Companies and Motivation

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Far too many companies get it backwards. As opposed to motivating and instilling their staff with a desire to strive towards success, they sap any motivation that exists. The company becomes rotten, unable to meet changes in the marketplace, filled with staff who does the minimum, and filled with a heavy, oppressive atmosphere.

Companies succeed when employees get what they need and want, namely opportunities to contribute, a sense of achievement, and the feeling of camaraderie. In addition, other important factors include managers who immediately provide both negative and positive feedback, continued training, equity in all decisions and company endeavors, and a sense that teamwork is beneficial and important. For any company moving in the wrong direction, it takes a monumental effort to once again motivate employees. However, it can be done.


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Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. What is needed for a company to be successful?

Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.

  1. Companies with unmotivated staff can't succeed.  T / F
  2. Among other wants, employees want teamwork and the chance to help.  T / F

Summarization: Summarize the article with a partner. Try to do so with only two or three sentences.

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. Do you agree or disagree that many companies don't motivate their staff? Why?
  2. Are staff really so necessary to a company's success? Why/not?
  3. What should companies, departments, and/or managers do to motivate employees?

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