Recent Question/Assignment

Mr Simon has spent 12 years continuous service as a line manager in a retail organisation. In the past three years he has twice been considered for promotion via a formal interview process and was unsuccessful. On each occasion the successful candidate had better formal qualifications than Mr Simon, although he had more experience.
He has very recently been rejected for promotion for a third time and is thought to be becoming disillusioned as a result of this. On passing him in the corridor you (team leader) overhear him saying to a colleague, ‘I can see there is absolutely no possibility of advancement in this organisation for me, it’s time I moved on’.
Mr Simon is a very hard working and diligent worker and is highly regarded by your team members and replacing his skills and abilities will be extremely difficult.
You are currently studying perceptions, attitudes and motivation theories as part of a management qualification. Explain why the topics you are studying may be useful in analysing this particular situation and what positive measures could be implemented to attempt to re-motivate this employee.

Assignment Considerations

It can be good practice in your preparations for this assignment to undertake a number of activities. These include:
§ Establishing key issues/areas raised by the question
§ Defining fundamental terms
§ Describing contextual information e.g. background to topic and its significance and/or interesting statistical data
§ Identifying, explaining in detail and cross-comparing relevant concepts, models and theoretical approaches
§ Applying concepts to contemporary issues within business settings
§ Applying models/theories to workplace/organisation/industry examples and/or evaluating the practical application of models/theories
§ Drawing parallels between theory and practice
§ Evaluating relative merits and drawbacks of opposing academic viewpoints with a view to building independent opinions
§ Formulating balanced, persuasive independent arguments based on academic evidence and judgement
§ Stating a clear, overall answer to the question

Particular consideration may be given to:
§ Assessing the relationship between attitude, job satisfaction and commitment
§ Identifying the key issues influencing motivation
§ Explaining and comparing theoretical approaches to motivation (content and process) and relating these to the context of employee dissatisfaction/disillusionment
§ Analysing the practical applicability and usefulness of motivation theories for managers/leaders
§ Evaluating teamworking and its impact on addressing individual and to organisational needs

Assignment Guidance

Word count and presentation
You are required to submit an essay-type assignment not exceeding 2500 words (excluding references). The essay should provide an introduction, a main section (with a number of sub-sections) and a conclusion. If using tables/images provide labels and references. Write in a suitable academic style.
Your individual assignment should be submitted by 16.59pm on 6th March 2020 via the Turnitin submission link. Your file name should provide your matriculation number, taking the format of 401xxxxx MOC. Your name should NOT appear.
The assignment accounts for 50% of your overall mark on this module.
Follow the APA referencing system throughout. All references provided in your list should link to a corresponding within text citation.
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