I am trying to write a paper about employee motivation.  Where is a good place to start?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

People usually respond to surveys and statistics.  So you may wish to find a survey which reports on job satisfaction, how many times people have switched jobs, what factors have proven to motivate employees, etc. Certainly, there are any number of these surveys available on the Internet.  In addition, using these surveys and reports lend viability to your report.  If you have a group available to you, perhaps you could conduct your own survey; for example, polling the instructors and the support personnel at your school might prove interesting.

Another aspect of a report that is often effective is the human interest story or an anecdote that relates to the topic. (Notice how the television news uses such stories so often.) For instance, perhaps someone was inspired to become a nurse because of the treatment he/she received from one particular nurse.  This little story can become an opener. 

literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A good place to start any paper is an explanation regarding what the paper is to be about. That being said, a writer needs to gain the attention of the reader by drawing them into the paper. Therefore, the following essay starters may work, with regard to the topic.

1. Nothing is more disappointing than waking up and knowing that another day at the job you hate has begun.

2. Many people may find that they lack motivation for work when they hate their job. At times, this may not be the fault of the employee but the fault of the company which they work for.

3. The motivation of a person who loves their job is typically high. Unfortunately, the motivation for those who hate their jobs is contrastingly low. In order to raise employee motivation, companies must look at many different things.