Motivation at Hitachi Automotive Products - MGT 331: Organizational Behavior - discuss motivational processes organization and compare with Alderfer's ERG Theory

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Motivation at Hitachi Automotive Products

Hitachi Automotive Products, Los Angeles (HAP-LA) is a major manufacturer of automotive electromechanical parts, including alternators, starters, mass airflow sensors and distributors. HAP-LA follows in the steps of many Japanese-based companies in providing above-average motivational packages through excellent benefits packages, incentive programs, and retention incentives. Through these different motivational packages, HAP-LA is able to meet the needs of the employees based on those established by Clayton Alderfer in the ERG Theory.

Hitachi Motivation Process

Immediately upon employment at HAP-LA, team members are eligible for enrollment in the 401k plan and the medical, dental and vision care programs. Additionally, new team members are eligible for the Hitachi Cash Balance Plan, which is a compensation package with input solely from Hitachi based on years of service and salary. New managers are also offered a company vehicle from an impressive line that includes Lexus, Acura, Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Oldsmobile.

Managers are also provided with a company credit card for business expenses during trips to Kentucky, Detroit or Japan. Finally, all new employees are eligible for the starting base of seventeen Paid Time Off (PTO) days. PTO days are a combination of vacation, sick time and personal days.

After six months of employment, employees are eligible for the Hitachi Tuition Reimbursement Program, safety and quality incentives and the semiannual bonus. The bonus is based on incoming revenue against the budgeted revenue, with additional added bonus for increased efficiency, production or new customers. The safety incentive program is based on a quarterly system that takes into account the lost time days resulting from a safety violation for each department with awards that are issued such as hats, t-shirts, coffee mugs and pens.

Throughout the employment at HAP-LA, team members are also eligible for the thirteen holidays observed, including a...