Motivational Theory in Practice

Motivational Theory in Practice

For decades, business students around the world have been learning about the varying factors in employees motivation. Various models have been put forward, from Frederick Herzberg’s ‘Two Factor Theory’ through to Frederick Winslow Taylor’s belief that employees are motivated almost exclusively by money. Whilst these models are still being taught in school, many of them, particularly Taylor’s theory seem vastly outdated.

The one model that, for me, stands the test of time best, is Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, which shows that people are motivated on different levels, from the ‘base’ needs of security and survival through to the more …

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How Employers are Accommodating the London 2012 Olympic Games

How Employers are Accommodating the London 2012 Olympic Games

The London Olympics are fast on their way, and many employers will now be turning their attentions to how they will deal with the event in the workplace. As well as a need to accommodate employees who may want to watch the Olympics, employers will also need to think about the logistics – particularly if they work in London or other areas that are likely to see increased traffic and pressure on public transport systems as a result of the Olympics travel.

Here are some of the ways in which employers can act to accommodate the Olympics.

Flexible working

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London 2012 Olympics – How are your employers treating the Olympic Games?

London 2012 Olympics – How are your employers treating the Olympic Games?

So 7 years after the announcement that London would be the host city of the 2012 Olympics, the games are nearly upon us. There has been a steady build up of anticipation over those years, and excitement is ready to burst, with millions of the British public being involved in the Olympics in one capacity or another.

With huge events like this, there is always debate within the business community about how best to deal with staff demands for additional time off, or flexible working hours, and London 2012 has been no different. Anecdotal evidence has shown that many companies are …

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Statutory Paternity Leave in the UK: Know Your Rights!

Statutory Paternity Leave in the UK: Know Your Rights!

Having a child is a wonderful moment in anyone’s life, but it is a constant struggle to balance the demands of your employers and your family.

I am often asked by employees about their entitlement to paternity leave, as there is not much written about it and advice is often conflicting. I have recently returned from paternity leave myself, and was lucky enough to spend a whole month at home with my wife, Stacey, and son, Logan. That experience was (to quote Catweazle) “Truly Wondrous”, and something that every father should have the right to experience. So what is …

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The European Championship – An HR Issue

The European Championship – An HR Issue

So we are now just over a week away from the UEFA European Championships and the daily papers have been alive with speculation on the makeup of the England football squad for months now. The big debate has been over the inclusion of former captain, John Terry over Rio Ferdinand, but it got me thinking (and this is where I get back on topic)…

The issue over squad selection is a very public display of the importance of managing staff in an appropriate manner. The world’s press are micro-analysing everything that Roy Hodgson does, and it is sometimes hard to …

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