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HR Performance Issues and Motivation

The relationship between the organization and its members can be greatly influenced by what motivates individuals to work. The style of leadership, job design, resources on the job, and environment can all have a significant effect on the satisfaction of employees and their performance. Performance is also influenced by individual motivations (e.g., social, recognition, financial reward, personal growth and development, and/or intrinsic satisfaction) and can equally impact the organization. There are many theories that attempt to explain the nature of motivation. Write a four- to five-page paper (excluding the title and reference pages) evaluating the relationship between motivation, job satisfaction, and work performance. Be sure to address the following:

  1. Describe a performance issue which resulted from a motivational problem (what, why, who).
  2. Use a content theory of motivation (e.g., Maslow, Alderfer, Herzberg, or McClelland) or a process theory (i.e., Adams, Locke, or Heider and Kelley) to explain how the issue creates a performance problem for the organization.
  3. Use the theory of motivation you selected to describe an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior and correct the performance problem.

Your paper must use a minimum of three scholarly sources. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style.

 

Grading Rubric

Total Possible Score: 10.00

Describes the Performance Issue

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Thoroughly describes the motivational problem addressing what, why, and who.

Proficient – Describes the motivational problem addressing what, why, and who. Minor details are missing.

Basic – Partially describes the motivational problem addressing what, why, and who. Relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Attempts to describe the motivational problem addressing what, why, and who; however, significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The description of the motivational problem is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Uses a Theory of Motivation to Explain the Problem

Total: 2.50

Distinguished – Thoroughly explains the problem using a theory of motivation.

Expertly applies the concepts and vocabulary from relevant scholarly sources.

Proficient – Explains the problem using a theory of motivation. Sufficiently applies the concepts and vocabulary from scholarly sources. The explanation is slightly underdeveloped.

Basic – Partially explains the problem using a theory of motivation. Somewhat applies the concepts and vocabulary from scholarly sources. The explanation is underdeveloped.

Below Expectations – Attempts to explain the problem using a theory of motivation; however, the explanation does not apply the concepts and vocabulary from scholarly sources and is significantly underdeveloped.

Non-Performance – The use of a motivational theory to explain the problem is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Describes an Intervention/Action to Change the Motivation/Behavior Using a Theory of Motivation

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Thoroughly describes an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior using a theory of motivation.

Proficient – Describes an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior using a theory of motivation. Minor details are missing.

Basic – Partially describes an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior using a theory of motivation. Relevant details are missing.

Below Expectations – Minimally describes an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior using a theory of motivation. Significant details are missing.

Non-Performance – The description of an intervention/action to change the motivation/behavior using a theory of motivation is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Written Communication: Content Development

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Uses appropriate, pertinent, and persuasive content to discover and develop sophisticated ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Proficient – Uses appropriate and pertinent content to discover ideas within the context of the discipline, shaping the work as a whole.

Basic – Uses appropriate and pertinent content, but does not apply it toward discovering or developing ideas. Overall, content assists in shaping the written work.

Below Expectations – Uses content, though it may be unrelated or inappropriate to the topic. Content does not contribute toward the development of the written work, and may distract the reader from its purpose.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Critical Thinking: Explanation of Issues

Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Clearly and comprehensively explains in detail the issue to be considered, delivering all relevant information necessary for a full understanding.

Proficient – Clearly explains in detail the issue to be considered, delivering enough relevant information for an adequate understanding.

Basic – Briefly recognizes the issue to be considered, delivering minimal information for a basic understanding.

Below Expectations – Briefly recognizes the issue to be considered, but may not deliver additional information necessary for a basic understanding.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Reading: Analysis

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Appraises tactics for relating ideas, text structure, or other textual features in order to gain knowledge or insight within and across texts and disciplines.

Proficient – Recognizes connections among ideas, text structure, or other textual features, to analyze how they support a sophisticated understanding of the text as a whole.

Basic – Recognizes the connections among portions of a text in considering how these connections contribute to a fundamental understanding of the text as a whole.

Below Expectations – Makes an effort to recognize portions of a text as needed to respond to inquiries posed in the assignment.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors, and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors, and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors, which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors, which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors.

Basic – Exhibits basic knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements.

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.  

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Source Requirement

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

 

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