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Levels of employee motivation in a Swiss multinational speciality chemical company.

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In this dissertation the researcher investigates the levels of employee motivation and related contributing factors in his own organization. The researcher reviews and presents the results of a literature survey for the reasons of varying levels of employee motivation amongst staff in his own organisation a Swiss Specialty Chemical Multinational. The researcher identifies a theoretical framework that serves as a backdrop to the interpretation of the empirical results, by providing insight into employee motivation and the role of managers in addressing and improving employee motivation. The study investigated the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation factors and the extent of the existence of equity factors in the South African environment. Staff motivation in a multinational was analyzed from the perspective of Hertzberg-Hygiene Theory in the present study using survey data from all employees across the organization. An empirical survey examining how staff feels about issues such as working conditions, actual work, company policy & administration ,job security, job advancement ,supervision, recognition and remuneration. The researcher reported, analyzed, and interpreted the results of the data that were obtained via the questionnaires and that were captured using the statistical computer program SPSS 11.5. The empirical results and analysis of the fieldwork revealed that management must address key issues such as recognition, job security and advancement within the organisation in order to improve or increase levels of staff motivation. The issue regarding remuneration is always a sensitive and emotional topic; management must ensure that consistent and fair practice is instilled.


Thesis (MBA)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2006.


Employee motivation., Theses--Business administration.