In the workplace, managers need to ensure that their workers remainmotivated. It helps the organization to attain an excellentperformance. The paper seeks to analyze a real world situation todetermine the effectiveness of a motivational strategy a supervisorimplemented based on Herzberg motivational theory.

Most of the soldiers in my unit had lost their lives during one ofthe missions. Our commander had added new members to the team andrequired us to work together and accomplish the tasks. I lacked theconfidence of returning to the combat situation as I thought I woulddie as well, yet my family depended on me. The supervisor motivatedme by saying he believed in me and despite the situations weencounter, we have a duty to serve our country. Besides, it wasessential for the mission to be completed as it enhances security ofthe nation.

The motivational theory that the supervisor considered beforeaddressing the situation is Herzberg’s two-factor motivationaltheory. The model argues that employee satisfaction is determined byhygiene and motivational factors (Mantle &amp Lichty, 2013). Thehygiene elements prevent workers from being dissatisfied while themotivational ones enable them to achieve intrinsic rewards. Hence,the commander ensured the hygiene factors were available by addingmore soldiers to the unit, besides the fringe benefits, and ensuringthe salary structure was appropriate. The motivational factors werereminding us of our duties and the meaning of our work to thecountry.

The motivational strategy was effective in achieving positive changeamong the soldiers as we went for the mission determined toaccomplish the set goals. Our performance after having completed thetask was excellent since, besides attaining the objectives, weobtained critical intelligence. The supervisor even commended us forthe good work.


Mantle, M. W., &amp Lichty, R. (2013). Managing the Unmanageable:Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Addison-Wesley.