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Management versus repetitive tasks – avoiding “working for the weekend” A crash course in motivating library staff faced with seemingly endless tasks

Management versus repetitive tasks – avoiding “working for the weekend” A crash course in... Purpose – In this paper the authors aim to examine ways to motivate staff whose job assignments include repetitive library tasks such as shelving, copy cataloguing, circulation, and other similar functions. Design/methodology/approach – The authors review the appropriate management literature and build upon the extensive management experience of the second author. Findings – Ways to increase employee motivation including enriching the work experience, effective communication, appropriate incentives, and treating each employee as an individual. Sharing tasks among staff and maintaining an ergonomic workspace are also important. Library automation and eliminating unneeded tasks can reduce repetitive tasks but can also lead to a reduction in staff. Practical implications – The paper provides practical steps for managers to take to keep staff motivated when faced with repetitive tasks. Originality/value – This paper summarizes the management literature on this topic to provide practical guidance for library managers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Library World Emerald Publishing

Management versus repetitive tasks – avoiding “working for the weekend” A crash course in motivating library staff faced with seemingly endless tasks

New Library World , Volume 113 (9/10): 12 – Sep 29, 2012

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0307-4803
DOI
10.1108/03074801211273939
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Abstract

Purpose – In this paper the authors aim to examine ways to motivate staff whose job assignments include repetitive library tasks such as shelving, copy cataloguing, circulation, and other similar functions. Design/methodology/approach – The authors review the appropriate management literature and build upon the extensive management experience of the second author. Findings – Ways to increase employee motivation including enriching the work experience, effective communication, appropriate incentives, and treating each employee as an individual. Sharing tasks among staff and maintaining an ergonomic workspace are also important. Library automation and eliminating unneeded tasks can reduce repetitive tasks but can also lead to a reduction in staff. Practical implications – The paper provides practical steps for managers to take to keep staff motivated when faced with repetitive tasks. Originality/value – This paper summarizes the management literature on this topic to provide practical guidance for library managers.

Journal

New Library WorldEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 29, 2012

Keywords: Repetitive tasks; Motivation (psychology); Enrichment; Communication; Library automation; Employees; Library management

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