Proceedings of the International Conference on Business, Management and Finance
Reframing the Employee Motivation Research The Need of Considering the Social/Economic Environment The Evidence of Greek Structural Design Engineers During the Economic Crisis
George Xanthakis, Marianthi Stogiannidou
Nowadays the modern business operates in an ever-changing environment that is strongly influenced by technological, political, social, economic and scientific developments.Its future and success are based on its ability to manage properly and to develop its human resources that are the most important and at the same time the most difficult resource.
During the last period because of the economic crisis that started on 2008 the work environment worldwide changed in a great number of organizations. This sudden change of organization generated new topics in the field of organizational research. The motivation in the workplace has been explored by many scholars throughout the world. The uniqueness of each employee, his interaction with the working environment and the management of the enterprise, the social context of each age and the changing needs of the individual in it, make it difficult to find the “absolute” motivation factors, effective for every employee.The current research focuses on the in-depth analysis of a small group of employees(qualitative research) in a workplace with a strong influence from the economical crisis,although in the past years was one of the main sectors of the economy. The purpose of this paper is to contribute to existing research on motivation in the workplace by exploring the motivation factors in a dynamic environment, taking into account the social/economic دenvironment and the specific characteristics of the target population. The outcome of the current survey highlights the need of considering the social /economic environment that the survey conducted in.