Worthington Industries, Incorporated, a Case Study in Employee Motivation Via Recognition and Profit Sharing.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Productivity enhancing initiatives exist in various forms. Enhancing employee motivation to work hard is one means to aid productivity. To assess factors that are potential aids to employee motivation, a case study of Worthington Industries, Incorporated, of Columbus, Ohio was completed. Data selected in the case study involved interviews of personnel at Worthington Industries, a review of company records, and interviews of customers and suppliers to Worthington Industries. Meaningful recognition and profit-sharing systems surfaced as the two key factors to employee motivation in this company. These two factors could assist the Department of Defense in its efforts to motivate its employees. The case study also suggested that a meaningful recognition or profit-sharing system also contributes to job satisfaction. Utilizing a meaningful recognition or profit-sharing program could provide higher productivity and a greater sense of job satisfaction among Department of Defense employees. The Army, Navy, and Air Force were all found to have gain-sharing programs designed to increase employee productivity, but well-executed recognition systems are not common place throughout the Department of Defense. Author
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