Effects Of Motivation On Organizations Performance (a Study Of Mb-anammco Nigeria Limited)

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This research study “Effects of Motivation on Organization Performance” (A Study of MB- ANAMMCO Nigerian Limited, Nigerian Port Authority Plc) was conducted to further enlighten management that the attainment of success in any organization has a direct bearing to motivation. This research revealed that rewarding employees for their contributions to the success of their organizations serves as the motivation factors inducement in them that help bring out the best in them. The survey research method was adopted and a sample size of 390 respondents was selected using the survey method. Data collection was done through questionnaire administration and analysis of data was carried out by adopting statistical tools of analysis. A conclusion was drawn that motivation of workers contributes so much in the performance level of any organization as was deduced in this research work which studied MB-ANAMMCO Nigeria Limited. It was however recommended that companies should see motivation as a way of showing appreciation and contributing to the socio economic development of the workers in every organization.


Title Page                                                                                          i

Approval Page                                                                                  ii

Dedication                                                                                         iii

Acknowledgement                                                                            iv

Abstract                                                                                            v

Table of Contents                                                                             vi


1.0    Introduction                                                                           1

1.1    Background of the Study                                                      2

1.2    Statement of the problem                                                     7

1.3    Objective of the Study                                                           8

1.4    Research Question                                                                9

1.5    Definition of Terms                                                                10

References                                                                             13


Review of Related Literature                                                          14

2.1       Introduction                                                                            14

2.2       Meaning of Motivation                                                           14

2.3       Motivation and Organization Performance                           18

2.4       Various Theories of Motivation                                             19

2.5       Sources of Motivation Factors in Organization          26

2.6       Brief History of ANAMMCO                                                   30

2.7       Summary of Literature Review                                             32

          References                                                                              33


3.1       Methodology                                                                           34

3.2       Research Design                                                                    34

3.3       Sources of Data                                                                     35

3.4       Population Size                                                                      35

3.5       Sampling Plan                                                                        36

3.6       Sample Size                                                                            36

3.7       Instrument for Data Collection                                             37

3.8       Tools for Data Analysis                                                          37

3.9       Scope of the Study                                                                 37

3.10    The Limitation of the Study                                                   38


4.0    Data Presentation and Analysis                                           39

4.1    Data Presentation

4.2    Data Analysis

4.3    Hypothesis Testing


Summary of Findings, Recommendation and Conclusions         57

5.1       Summary of Major Findings                                                  57

5.2       Recommendations                                                                 59

5.3       Conclusion                                                                                       60

Bibliography                                                                           62





        Most organization ignore this drive that motivation is the success factor that we send employees thinking more of organization interest and less of individual interest. Countries like Japan, America, Russia, China, Europe are known for their technological advancement.  The secret behind the success of these developed countries is that they have developed a culture of motivating their labour force. It is worthy to mention that a motivated worker is the most productive workers.  The worker who sometimes equals or excel in any standard his boss sets or contemplates setting for him.  Herzberge defined motivation in a book jointly written by Williams F. Dawling and Leonard R. Sayle titled “How motivates” (1971) as: “An inner desire to make an effort.

          This definition implies that there is a reagent that acts as a catalyst that gears or gingers up the effort that make an employee go the extra mile to achieve what he/she would ordinarily not achieve under normal circumstances, the term “motivation” derives from the Latin movere “to move” it is virtually impossible to determine a person’s motivation until that person behaves or literally move. Robert Kreitner in the fifth edition of his book titled “management” (1990) defined motivation as “the psychological process that gives behaviour purpose and direction.

          By applying this process, managers attempt to get individuals to willingly pursue organizational objectives.  The individual workers behave in a certain manner or toward a certain direction informed by a drive within them and this give them the urge to aspire to satisfy that objective.

          The resultant effect of motivation is the attainment of higher productivity by organization (both private and public)

          In essence motivation is a function of performance, which eventually leads to sustain the success of organization.  A working definition (Cole 1995) of motivation is as follows: “Motivation is the term used to describe those processes, both instructive and rations by which people seek to satisfy the basic drives, perceived needs and personal goals which trigger human behaviour”.

          It becomes pertinent for all organization to know that motivation is a success factor in order to achieve higher performance

        The aims and objectives of every organization is to be successful, and for an organization to be successful, its employees must be properly informed of what is expected of them, how to go about achieving the result; creating enabling environment for them to operate, availability of facilities and material guaranteed job security adequate compensation for hardworking workers, it is globally accepted that motivation plays a fundamental role in enhancing workers performance behaviours.  Motivation comes in different forms, since human beings are unpredictable and their needs insatiable, because what could serve as motivation to one worker may not necessary server as motivation to the other.  However, the following factors could serve as motivation factors, as theorized by Abraham Maslow.

1.           Job security

2.           Job satisfaction

3.           Self esteem

4.           Self actualization

5.           Spirit of belonging (needs)

6.           Rewards for exceptional performance


Below is a diagrammatic representation of these motivation factors.










Data from diagram from A. H. Maslow

          Since motivation comes in divert forms, every organization (private or public) has its pattern of motivating its employees to stimulate their moral toward achieving a successful performance.

          However, since motivation has been unverically accepted as an inducement to employee to strive to achieve extra ordinary or unique level of performance which they could not ordinarily achieve this worker will endeavour to unearth or unravel those motivational tools available for employers to labour in order to aid them in boosting their organizational performance.   In view of the security and exorbitant cost of accommodation in the cosmopolitan cities like Lagos, most employees would feel highly motivated if provided with accommodation at a reasonable cost.  A case in point is the centre for management development which has provided accommodation for its staff on essential services and affordable cost with the organization’s premises. There is no doubt that some of them may have gotten offers from somewhere else than what they are receiving from the centre, but for the conducive accommodation they enjoy from the centre, they would prefer the meager salary to receiving the fat one elsewhere and pay so much on rent inside the city, this is a pure case of lean liberty being better than fat salary.

          Some organizations choose to motivate their employees by either providing them with housing loans, vehicle or official vehicles.  In the late 70s and early 80s some notable companies (mostly in the oil industries) adopted this mode of motivation, by providing most of their senior workers with car loans.  In the 60s and 70s all graduates from the universities had ready jobs, car loans and accommodation waiting for them.  This form of inducement does not only encourage workers to be dedicated to an organization, but also ensures employees punctuality to work, hence facilitating higher productivity in the organization. Provision of free medical facilities has been discovered to have played a functional role in having some employees’ fee motivated when their employer considers their health their prime concern.  A healthy organization is a productive organization.  Monetary motivation of course plays a greater role in motivating employees to give out their best.  This could come in the form of promotion, transfer, job enlargement; job enrichment, benefits and training involving outside station. With the advent of the present economic downturn, any form of monetary motivation will be very much appreciated by a large number of employees and this will enhance the success of the organization.  The reality of monetary motivation cannot be overemphasized as labour union have consistently being at logger-head with the Federal Government over civil servant poor conditions of service, hence the inevitable need for appropriate upward review of wages and salary labour union have always felt unhappy that civil servants in a country of abundance financial resources are not commensurately compensated. This has informed the persistent demand for salary reviews in order not only to caution the economic effect, but to adequately compensate  them (employee), which in return will make them to improve their work performance, some organization like Centre for Management Development (CMD) for instance, has a culture of motivating its workers by way of distributing rice, chicken  and turkeys to staff at the end of every year in addition to organizing end of year party for the staff children where they are presented with some token souvenirs, the centre also gives long  service awards  for its workers, where some of them take home gift items such as television sets, sets of cooking utensils; depending on the  length of services.  These incentives serve as motivational tonic and the trigger employees, and serves as a success factor in the organization by improve performance.

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