Employees and Change Initiatives: Intrinsic Rewards and Feeling Valued
The aim of this paper is to focus on reducing employee dissatisfaction and withdrawal in major, consultant designed, change programs by increasing intrinsic rewards. A survey of 585 employees and 31 team leaders involved in ten change programs across seven companies, 25 business units, and three countries was used to collect employees' sense of intrinsic rewards, innovation, satisfaction with their organization, and intentions to stay at the start of the change effort and one year later. Employees reported higher levels of intrinsic rewards (meaningfulness and choice) one year into a change program compared to at the start of the change effort. Intrinsic rewards related positively with satisfaction with the organization and intentions to stay at both time periods, with programs supportive of employee innovation further enhancing employee satisfaction and retention more strongly during the change effort. While the sample was large, and the authors obtained team leader perspectives in support of the findings, the study involved surveying samples of employees on programs where the team leader had sufficient rapport to obtain voluntary employee responses. Consultants and managers involved in planned change can increase the support for the change through enhancing the intrinsic rewards of employees involved in the change program. By examining the work motivation of employees undergoing a change program the authors were able to identify ways in which consultants and managers can increase employee satisfaction with their organization and intentions to stay with it.
Intention to stay, Intrinsic rewards, Job satisfaction, Motivation (psychology), Organizational change, Satisfaction
Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Strategic Management Policy
Strategy and Organisation
Journal of Business Strategy
STUMPF, Stephen A.; TYMON, Walter G.; FAVORITO, Nicholas; and Smith, Richard Raymond.
Employees and Change Initiatives: Intrinsic Rewards and Feeling Valued. (2013). Journal of Business Strategy. 34, (2), 21-29. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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