Ashford University Employee Motivation Discussion
To be effective, a company must learn to motivate its employees to efficiently and effectively meet the goals of the organization.
To be effective, a company must learn to motivate its employees to efficiently and
effectively meet the goals of the organization. Prior to starting this case study, read
Chapter 6 in your text, the article Person-organization Fit, Family Supportive
Organization Perceptions, and Self-efficacy Affect Work-life Balance, watch the required
videos, Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation (Links to an external site.)and Dan Ariely:
What makes us feel good about our work? (Links to an external site.), review the Writing
a Case Study Analysis (Links to an external site.) resource from the Ashford Writing
Center, and review the weekly Instructor Guidance and any supporting information in
The Motivation Case Study:
Identify a company that struggles with employee motivation. Make your choice
based on evidence from resources you find. Be sure to document these resources
so you can include as citations and references in your paper. The company may be
currently active or no longer operating.
o Not sure how to start? Try googling “Worst companies to work for” or
“companies with poor motivation.” Numerous sites list companies that are
struggling in differing areas. Once you identify the company you want to
research, google news articles or other sites that include information about the
company and the situations affecting motivation/challenges.
Research the company and the associated motivational challenges.
o As you research, consider this week’s activity about bias to try and rule out
commentary that may not be credible. Seek professional sites, rather than just
opinions. Check out the What is CRAAP? A Guide To Evaluating Web
Sources (Links to an external site.) and this Four Moves & a Habit: A Guide for
Web Literacy and Fact Checking (Links to an external site.) resources for
o Include a short summary about the company.
▪ Note that enough information should be included to inform the reader (your
instructor) about the company and the noted challenges/issues.
Identify three to five motivational challenges within the company that you
discovered through your research. Support this information with citations for the
sources that provided you the information about the organization.
Discuss potential rationales for why the company is experiencing these issues.
Support your assertions with credible sources.
Identify at least three content theories and/or process theories of motivation,
discussed in this week’s text chapters that could be applicable to determining
strategies/solutions. (You are to identify the theories that you think could be applied
to improve the organization’s situation.) Consider using headings in your paper to
organize this information.
o Note that extrinsic and intrinsic motivation are types of motivation and should not
be presented as theories, but as variables within a theory.
Discuss Possible Solutions/Changes Needed
o Identify at least two strategies that could be applied to improve motivation,
based on your reading and research.
The Motivation Case Study paper
Must be four to five double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references
pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
Center (Links to an external site.)’s APA Style (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate title page with the following:
o Title of paper
o Student’s name
o Course name and number
o Instructor’s name
o Date submitted
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA
Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external
site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph
needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your
o For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external
site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to
the Ashford Writing Center resources.
Must use at least one peer-reviewed source in addition to the course text. You are
encouraged to use additional credible websites and articles that offer
information about the company you have chosen.
o The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external
site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types.
o To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view
this Ashford University Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty (Links to an external site.) tutorial,
which introduces the Ashford University Library and the research process, and
provides some library search tips.
Must document any information used from sources in APA style as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center’s Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) Include
frequent citations for resources utilized.
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA style as
outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. See the Formatting Your References
List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Ashford Writing Center for