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Motivation among construction workers in Turkey

Parkin, A.B., Tutesigensi, A. and Büyükalp, A.I. (2009) Motivation among construction workers in Turkey. In: Dainty, A.R.J., (ed.) Proceedings 25th Annual Conference. 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September, Nottingham, UK. ARCOM , Reading . ISBN 978-0-9552390-2-1

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The role of management is to apply organisational resources to achieve organisational objectives. The nature of commercial enterprise necessitates the desire for increased productivity and efficiency, and workforce motivation is acknowledged to be an influencing factor in these areas. Theory suggests that motivational factors follow a hierarchical format where higher level needs become dominant when lower level needs have been fulfilled, and improvements in motivation are facilitated more effectively through the higher level needs. This study looks at factors affecting the motivation of workers on Turkish construction sites. 370 construction workers were asked in a questionnaire to give examples of positive and negative factors which affect their motivation at work. It was found that money earned is the foremost motivating and de-motivating factor in the eyes of the construction workers. As a result it is suggested that workers on Turkish construction sites are managed in a way which limits their opportunities to fulfil higher level needs, and in order to increase worker motivation, and therefore productivity, the management of such workers should move away from control through external means and towards control through internal and cultural forces.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Keywords: operative, human resource management, motivation, organisational culture, Turkey
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Institute for Resilient Infrastructure (Leeds)
Depositing User: Miss Elizabeth Winning
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 09:32
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 08:49
Status: Published
Publisher: ARCOM
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9870

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