Motivation and Employee Engagement in the 21st Century: A Survey of management Views

In 2008 Ashridge conducted research entitled „the Ashridge Management Index‟ to understand more about the issues and challenges facing managers. The survey covered a variety of key topics including leadership, communication, learning and development; it also provided some interesting data about personal and organisational motivation. As a result of this research we felt there would be value in looking more closely at motivation and particular questions included: Managers views about the current motivational approaches offered by their employers, for example are organisations using the right approach? And what are the key factors which motivate managers? Do managers find it easy to motivate their staff? What are the implications of these findings for leaders, HR directors and managers? We distributed a survey questionnaire to some of those managers involved in the earlier survey and also to a new group of individuals attending Ashridge programmes during the first three months of 2009. As a result, a total of 210 managers responded to our survey. In addition, we conducted a number of company interviews including the engineering consultancy firm, Halcrow Group.

Holton, V., Dent, F. & Rabbetts, J. (2009) Motivation and Employee Engagement in the 21st Century: A Survey of management Views, An Ashridge Report, September

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