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Motivation and Well-Being at Work: Self-Determination Theory in Practice

Bolltoft, Åsa LU (2015) PSYP01 20151
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The current study is based on self-determination theory and address well-being and motivation from a salutogenic and qualitative approach. The aim is to describe well-being and motivation in a work context and, to shed light over why and how some employees become highly motivated. In addition, this research aims to see whether self-determination theory can be applied as an intervention theory with practical motivational tools. To recruit motivated employees, an on-line, quantitative survey, measuring well-being (GHQ12) and motivation (BNSW and WEIMS), was conducted in an organization with 340 white-collar employees. One hundred eighty-five individuals completed the survey, issuing a response rate of 54 %. An interpretative phenomenological... (More)
The current study is based on self-determination theory and address well-being and motivation from a salutogenic and qualitative approach. The aim is to describe well-being and motivation in a work context and, to shed light over why and how some employees become highly motivated. In addition, this research aims to see whether self-determination theory can be applied as an intervention theory with practical motivational tools. To recruit motivated employees, an on-line, quantitative survey, measuring well-being (GHQ12) and motivation (BNSW and WEIMS), was conducted in an organization with 340 white-collar employees. One hundred eighty-five individuals completed the survey, issuing a response rate of 54 %. An interpretative phenomenological approach with semi-structured interviews was used and eight motivated employees were interviewed. Previous research was verified and well-being and motivation were positively correlated. Descriptions of well-being resulted in findings of mainly psychosocial well-being factors, divided in the levels of organization, team and individual. The experiences of motivation were divided in basic needs, according to self-determination theory, and the levels of organization, team and individual. Organizational values and leadership factors emerged as important and similar enhancing factors within both well-being and motivation. (Less)
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author
Bolltoft, Åsa LU
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organization
course
PSYP01 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
self-determination theory, motivation, Well-being, salutogenic, qualitative, IPA, interventions, organizational values, leadership
language
English
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7441148
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2015-06-29 16:52:20
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  abstract     = {The current study is based on self-determination theory and address well-being and motivation from a salutogenic and qualitative approach. The aim is to describe well-being and motivation in a work context and, to shed light over why and how some employees become highly motivated. In addition, this research aims to see whether self-determination theory can be applied as an intervention theory with practical motivational tools. To recruit motivated employees, an on-line, quantitative survey, measuring well-being (GHQ12) and motivation (BNSW and WEIMS), was conducted in an organization with 340 white-collar employees. One hundred eighty-five individuals completed the survey, issuing a response rate of 54 %. An interpretative phenomenological approach with semi-structured interviews was used and eight motivated employees were interviewed. Previous research was verified and well-being and motivation were positively correlated. Descriptions of well-being resulted in findings of mainly psychosocial well-being factors, divided in the levels of organization, team and individual. The experiences of motivation were divided in basic needs, according to self-determination theory, and the levels of organization, team and individual. Organizational values and leadership factors emerged as important and similar enhancing factors within both well-being and motivation.},
  author       = {Bolltoft, Åsa},
  keyword      = {self-determination theory,motivation,Well-being,salutogenic,qualitative,IPA,interventions,organizational values,leadership},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Motivation and Well-Being at Work: Self-Determination Theory in Practice},
  year         = {2015},
}