Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant and Work Analysis Case Study

3094 words 13 pages
Kayla Gunby
November 29th, 2015
Southern New Hampshire University
Final Project Submission
Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant and Work Analysis Case Study

During May 2007, the Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant faces a low employee morale issue. The newly appointed manager, Ron Bent, sees a decline in work place productivity and culture throughout his recent years of working at the plant. When Bent joined the company, it was facing a similar issue of low morale. He then decided to introduce the Scalon Plan, an incentive program for the employees, to raise morale. The program was successful when it was first introduced but ran into problems time after. Bent was faced with many challenges with the Scalon Plan that caused him to ask many
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The morale will continue to distrust the management team until the management team can come up with a possible solution to bridge the gap. Introducing a committee made up of employees and managers who are in charge of the Scalon Plan can definitely help with the distrust and low morale at Engstrom. The Scanlon Plan has the potential to be a great asset to the Engstrom’s Auto Mirror Plant’s production if it was revised. I believe if they managers did more research and re-launched the Scanlon Plan correctly, the employees would receive it better and morale would rise again. If upper management used the Supportive Model in Newstrom’s book, the employees would feel like the company was invested in them and in turn would increase production.
Root Causes
Engstrom Auto Mirror plant suffered through many rough quarters as far as productivity and profit. The low numbers in productivity and profits gave the Engstrom Family a thought of wanting to close the plant down altogether (Engstrom, 2008). With a plant manager who was not up to date on technology suddenly resign, Engstrom needed to find someone who help turn around the terrible morale. Ron Bent introducing the Scanlon Plan was initially a great idea but with the proper motivation needed by the employees, it was bound to fail. Engstrom Auto Mirror Plant had root causes as to the continuing decline of its company employee morale that it need to identify and solve.
Work motivation can be defined as the result of