Hygiene Factors

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Herzberg Considers two factors to measure the level of satisfaction and dissatisfaction of employees with their jobs – Hygiene factors and motivators. According to Herzberg the factors causing satisfaction - Motivators are different from those causing dissatisfaction – Hygiene factors. Hygiene factors include interpersonal relationships, salary, work conditions, job security, status, personal life, supervision and company policy while motivators include achievement, recognition, advancement, work and personal growth.

The key factor I would choose from the list is to enjoy the work itself. It is very hard to say that every individual loves their job. Many people like it while some people tolerate it. In most of the cases it is not possible
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Each having different skills and experience. My expectation before joining the company was to work in a particular technology that I was comfortable with but my actual job involved web development tasks that I had never worked with before. I was completely new to that area. Because I was completely new and had no idea of how to proceed with the job I found it really boring and I ended up contributing much lesser than what I am actually capable of. This went on for almost a month when I realized that it is not good to keep moving on without being productive to the team. So, I started working on the areas that I was not comfortable such as doing some extra courses to learn the technology, practicing more on the related technologies and also talking to my peers and asking for their help to understand my job better. Slowly I realized that I started developing an interest towards the job. I enjoyed working on new challenges and I felt much more satisfied than what I was when I joined the company. Having good inter personal relationships with my peers really helped me to stay motivated and learn more about my work. I improved my work conditions by maintaining a good rapport with my peers and encouraging healthy feedback about my work. This really helped me to focus on my weak areas and eventually increased my productivity. I started completing my tasks much ahead of the deadlines and hence I was able to…show more content…
Eliminating just the hygiene factors that causes dissatisfaction will not result in satisfaction. In the same way working on just the motivating factors without eliminating the hygiene factors will not lead to satisfaction. For example, consider an individual who is working for a company. Assume that his relationships with supervisors or peers is strained and he experiences bad working conditions in the company. He will not get motivated just by offering him a high salary or by giving him additional responsibilities. This is because the demotivating factors that is strained working relationships still exist that prevent him from getting satisfied with the job. One way to handle this is to eliminate job dissatisfaction by creating an environment that supports good working relationships. The team has to develop respect for each other. By this way the hygiene factors of interpersonal relationships with peers/ supervisors and work conditions can be eliminated. Secondly, we have to focus on creating good working conditions for job satisfaction. In the above example this can be done by rewarding the abilities of the individual and by providing recognition and feedback for his contributions. Thus, a good blend of hygiene factors and motivated factors can boost the employee’s motivation and can result in increased productivity for the
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