Managers have a great responsibility within the workplace when it comes to motivation of employees towards achievement of organizational goals. The primary role of plant managers is to lead a team of employees in a manner that depicts the accomplishment of objectives set for a company. Accordingly, as a new plant manager I endeavor to employ theories of motivation anchored in the spectrum of goal attainment. More particularly, I will borrow Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, which a motivation paradigm that focuses on the satisfaction of needs that are arranged in a hierarchical manner. The hierarchy starts from the satisfaction of basic needs that are physiological in nature, then safety needs, social needs, esteem needs, and fulfillment of one’s talent through self-actualization. According to Maslow, if lower needs on the hierarchy remain unfulfilled, then it leads to inhibition of climbing to the next step within the ladder.
In application of Maslow’s motivation theory within the workplace context, managers have the prime responsibility of meeting the needs of their employees. Therefore, as a new plant manager, I endeavor to provide proper wages and a safe environment for employees to realize organizational goals. Similarly, provision of a climate that ensures development of employees to their maximum potential is another crucial undertaking that I will put in place. Nonetheless, failure to provide friendly working conditions will lead to poor performance, increased withdrawal, lower satisfaction, frustration on employees.
In addition, the position of a plant manager requires skills necessary for negotiating business deals for a company. Poor negotiating skills can adversely affect the performance of a company. One of the essential components of negotiating for a business is prior preparation on the nature of business negotiation to be undertaken. In that regard, this strategy enables managers to leverage on the weaknesses of the other party while at the same time capitalizing on their strengths. Accordingly, leveraging on one’s strength is an essential negotiating skill that managers have. Additionally, in the advent of negotiating a business for my new company, it is imperative that I target for a win-win solution. The solution in question requires managers to determine the best outcome for the other party. Similarly, it is crucial to have time for the internal organizational team to agree before settling for a final agreement on business matters relating to scope of management, scheduling, or contracts. Lasting, aiming to close a business agreement is a vital skill in negotiation that I should possess.