PURPOSE: The global demand for increase in construction activity
necessitates the improvement of project performance. In the
construction industry, motivation is seen as an intermediate variable
between principle project activity and project performance.
This paper assesses the positive motivational drivers that can
propel construction employees’ behaviours towards achieving
METHODOLOGY: The literature scan between 2000 and 2012 reveals
thirty-three employee motivational drivers; these were selected
for the research. The study adopts qualitative and quantitative
methods to evaluate current practices and identifies the most
significant motivating drivers in the Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.
FINDINGS: The results show that the majority of respondents agreed
on the use of rewards for achieving optimal outputs. The professional
and personal developments of employees have not been
promoted efficiently by their employers. Prospects of promotion,
participation in decision making and respect for people are ranked
as the most significant employee motivational drivers.
VALUE OF RESEARCH: The findings create an insight for the construction
practitioners to gain better understanding of the key areas to
focus on in order to achieve optimal outputs