Article: Impact of employee motivation on job performance

Performance Management

Impact of employee motivation on job performance

Motivation of employees is one function which every manager has to perform along with other managerial functions. A manager has to function as a friend and motivator of his subordinates. It is an integral part of management process itself.
Impact of employee motivation on job performance

Doing Business all over the world is very challenging. Corporate performance and revenue growth are challenge by Internal and external operating environment factors. To survive in profitable way in the highly challenging and competitive global market economy, all the factor of Employee Motivation &Production - machine, materials & men, – should be managed in a impressive way. High productivity is a long-term benefits of Employee motivation. Motivated employee is a valuable asset which delivers huge value to the Organization in maintaining and strengthening its business and revenue growth.

Motivation is the word derived from the word ‘motive’ which means needs, desires, wants or drives within the persons. It is the process of inspiring people to actions to achieve the goals. In the work goal background, the psychological factors motivating the people’s behavior can be need for Money, Respect, Job-Satisfaction, Achievement, etc. Motivation occupies an important place and position in the whole management process. This technique can be used fruitfully for encouraging workers to make positive contribution for achieving organizational objectives. Motivation is necessary as human nature needs some sort of inducement, encouragement or incentive in order to get better performance. 

Motivation of employees is one function which every manager has to perform along with other managerial functions. A manager has to function as a friend and motivator of his subordinates. It is an integral part of management process itself. Factors that encourage Employee’s motivation:

  • Belief in employees strengths

  • Inquire employees what they want

  • Teach employees to measure their own success

  • Crystal clear &regular communication about factors important to employees

  • Treating employees with respect

  • Feedback and training from managers and leaders

  • Industry-average benefits and recompense

  • Carry an idea notebook  

  • Explain the reward system

  • Stop Distracting Employees


Motivated employees are inclined to be more productive than non-motivated employees. If employee will satisfied and happy then he/she will do his /her work in a very impressive way, and then the result will be good, on the other hand motivated employee will motivate other employees in office. Job performance management is the process through which managers ensure those employees activities and outputs are congruent with the organization’s goal. Therefore it is the organizations priority to ensure that motivational tools which encourages initiative and stimulates efforts from the employees are put in place for a better performance and deliverance of quality service. The performance of an employee is measured by the output that the individual produces and it is related to productivity. Productivity is defined variously as (i) that which people can produce with the least effort (ii) output per employee hour, quality considered (iii) the increased functional and organizational performance, including quality (iv) a ratio which measures how well an organization (or individual, industry, country) converts input resources (labour, materials, machines etc.) into goods and services. It is about aligning the organisational objectives with the employees agreed measures, skills, competency requirements, development plans and the delivery of results. The emphasis is on improvement, learning and development in order to achieve the overall business strategy and to create a high performance workforce.

A study was carried out to the relationship of motivation on the performance of employees in organizations like Bishop Stuart University. It was based on three objectives namely; to find out how organizations motivate their employees, to find out the role of motivation on the employee performance in an organization and to find relationship between motivation and employee performance in an organisation or institution. This was evidenced by the chi square calculated that was 46.08 while chi square tabulated was 3.84 at 1 level degree of freedom from 5% level of significance that made the findings statistically significant. Another similar study sought to assess the effect that motivation had on the job of workers of the Kenya Commercial Bank in Migori County. Simple random sampling was used and total sample population was forty five employees. It was recommended that there is a need for managers to have a comprehensive motivation scheme in all aspects of an organization as this is directly proportional to the output of the employees.

Every boss wants his or her employees to use their talents to the fullest capacity. But realistically, it's not possible for this to be done 100 percent of the time; everyone has ups and downs in their work output, and any team member is bound to go through a brief dip in productivity from time to time. Managers within companies or organizations are primarily responsible to ensure the tasks or job is done through employees in the right way. To achieve this, these managers must ensure that they have a competent personnel department for the recruitment of the best employees that are capable to do the job. For the company to optimize employee’s performance there is need for the employees to be sufficiently motivated. On this score, to best understand how motivation can impact on employee´s performance one must understand human nature.

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