Dysfunctional psychological aspects of working in a fast food industry
- Authors: Ukandu, Nnenna E. , Ukpere, Wilfred I. , Ukpere, Wilred I.
- Date: 2012
- Subjects: Employees - Mental health , Work - Psychological aspects , Fast food industry
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5904 , ISSN 1993-8233 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8023
- Description: The management within fast food industry has the ability to make their employees’ jobs equal, either enjoyable and rewarding or miserable and boring. Employees are the striking force of an organization, and without them, the organization cannot not function. Therefore, giving employees some forms of autonomy and offering them challenging work can enhance their levels of motivation and satisfaction. Conversely, workers can portray a good mood, emotion and morale if there is positive feedback, good communication and supervision. A case study approach was employed, since the study covered only the fast food industry. Semi-structured interview was utilised to obtain information from senior and store managers, while closed-ended questionnaires were distributed to the rest of the staff members. This research focused on fast food workers that have at least six (6) months of experience to enable the researcher to obtain a valid result. This paper offers managements at fast food outlets in Cape Town insight into how to deal with the psychological problems that (their) employees face, and to prevent potential dangers that these problems are associated with in terms of workers.
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Factors impacting job satisfaction of employees in the fast food industry in Cape Town
- Authors: Ukpere, Wilfred I. , Ukandu, Nnenna E.
- Date: 2014
- Subjects: Job satisfaction , Fast food restaurants - Employees
- Type: Journal
- Identifier: uj:5451 , ISSN 2039-2117 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/13427
- Description: Job satisfaction increases the level of performance in any organisation including the fast food outlets. Job satisfaction helps to stimulate employees’ commitment in the workplace. In other words, employee satisfaction is vital for organisational development and growth. The fast food workers are unique and have their individual needs, potentials, values and goals. Job satisfaction can also enhance the level of motivation in the workplace. Hence, when the workers are satisfied, they also tend to be motivated towards organisational goals. This paper aims to look at factors impacting the job satisfaction of employee within the fast food industry, in order to proffer ways of improving the level of job satisfaction of fast food employees, in order to achieve a high level of employee and organisational performance. A survey concentrated mainly on the fast food industry. Only fast food employees with at least six (6) months experience were selected for the study, in order to obtain a reliable and valid response. Data was obtained from both the operational workers, administration, cashiers and the managers. A total of 200 closed-ended questionnaires were distributed and 123 employees responded, which gave a response rate of 62.5%. Research finding shows that the rate of personal growth of the employees in their workplace was not satisfactory with a rate of 56.1% respondents. Also, the flexible time plan was not very satisfactory to the workers since they were given a flexible time sometimes during busy periods. In addition, the employees were not allowed to participate in decisions that affects them. It is thus proposed that fast food employees should be empowered through effective participation in decision making. Moreover, the employee skills should be improved through coaching and feedback system.
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Strategies to improve the level of employee motivation in the fast food outlets in Cape Town, South Africa
- Authors: Ukandu, Nnenna E. , Ukpere, Wilfred I.
- Date: 2011-11
- Subjects: Motivation , Work environment , Working conditions , Organizational commitment , Job satisfaction , Employee performance , Employee recognition , Employee promotion , Fast food workers
- Type: Article
- Identifier: uj:5782 , ISSN 1993-8233 , http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7789
- Description: Motivation increases the level of performances of employees and also increases their commitment in the workplace. This implies that motivating workers is very important. The fast food workers are unique and have their individual needs, potentials, values and goals. Job satisfaction leads to job motivation. Therefore, when workers are satisfied, they tend to be motivated to work. The study points out the strategies that could be used to improve the level of motivation of the fast food workers and also discusses the causes of low employee motivation within the organization. This will also assist the management of the fast food industries in improving the performances of their employees. A case study approach was used for the survey because only the fast food industries were involved. Information was obtained from both the operational workers, administration, cashiers and the managers. A total of 200 closed-ended questionnaires and open-ended semi-interview questions were distributed and 123 employees responded which gave a response rate of 62.5%. Research proved that the rate of personal growth of the employee’s in their workplace was not satisfactory with a rate of 56.1% respondents. Also, the flexible time plan was not satisfactory to the workers because they were being given a flexible time sometimes especially when their workplace is very busy. In addition, the employee’s were not given the privilege of making decision in their workplace especially in the areas that concerns them. However, the researcher recommended that the fast food workers should be empowered in different ways, to give them opportunities to share their views. Also, the skills should be developed through coaching and feedback system. The study includes only the fast food workers that have at least six (6) months experience. This is to obtain a reliable and valid result.
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