Motivation as a key to productivity has to do with management style, particularly communication. A manager who effectively communicates the overall company objectives to his employees will add a dimension to decision making that involves the actual workers who have hands knowledge of how the system works.
Often managers seem distant and disconnected from the actual work process that they manage. If a manager ignores the input of his employees, he also disconnects them from the work process.
"The way to encourage people to become part of an organization is through relationships. Employees who feel disconnected emotionally from their co-workers and supervisor do not feel committed to their work. As such, correctional staff who tend to hang back and do the minimum because they do not believe anyone cares also become vulnerable to inmate games and setups."
Employees who are not given the opportunity to access and exercise their individual skills in a work environment are more likely to feel indifferent to the company's objectives. They simply feel like a cog in the wheel, they don't make a significant contribution, so they don't really matter to the company. They are easily replaced, not valued.
"Work achievement: Staff who achieve a goal that is well directed by their supervisor are work motivated usually. They come to work the next to make the next achievement milestone."
Motivation of the same employees with the right communication tools, such as defining performance problems or successes increases the incentive of the workers. Once the employee feels valued and information is shared, everyone involved becomes better informed on the work processes.
"Recognition: Staff who achieves his or her manager directed goals and work hard and long hours to achieve them expect to be recognized. They would expect usually for salary increase, bonus, or a job promotion. “Thank you” is a great work motivator. Praising loudly is a Team motivation that subordinates like a lot. Failing to give it to them fades the Team motivation, self motivation and team motivation! Never steal credit of your staff."