Publication Date

Spring 2016


Employee engagement is vital for company success. However, working in the manufacturing environment can often be repetitive and mind-numbing. Repetitive work, if not addressed correctly, can have negative impacts on individuals and society. It can cause stress-related mental and physical health problems, employee dissatisfaction and turnover, dysfunctional union/management relationships, and large social class differences in wealth. Managers must rely on human potential in order to improve their employees’ overall performance. When an employee withdraws from his or her task, engagement levels decrease and this leads to burnout. Job Characteristics Theory, “provides a framework for a better implementation of the job by working through the interaction between the main aspects of the job with the mental- living states of a person.”


Suggested Citation
Cunningham, A. (2016). What are the key drivers used to promote employee motivation and engagement in a manufacturing environment? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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