Olanrewaju Funmilayo Akinwumi & Prof Comfort Ayandoja Akinfolarin
There is perceived de-motivation among staff in Nigerian universities. This may result to ineffectiveness and low productivity. The factor that can set apart an organization in this turbulent environment be it in the public or private sector, is its people; therefore establishing and maintaining a stable workforce is a major concern of human resources department. Motivation is the key to economic recovery in the country; this could be in form of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards which influence staff productivity and efficiency. The paper used Maslow’s Need Hierarchy Theory; and ERG Theory of Motivation for its theoretical support. The paper considered motivational strategies that can improve employees’ productivity. In conclusion, motivation was analyzed as important in employees’ productivity. It was recommended that the management of universities should establish motivational strategies that can enhance staff productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.