Title: Understanding the job motives of health care employees : An exploratory study in Belgium
Authors: De Cooman, Rein
De Gieter, Sara
Pepermans, Roland
Du Bois, Cindy
Caers, Ralf
Jegers, Marc
Issue Date: Jul-2006
Conference: International Congress of Applied Psychology edition:26 location:Athens (Greece) date:16-21 July 2006
Abstract: Given the massive transformations (e.g. mergers, reorganizations, a changing work force and technological changes) in the health industry in recent years, understanding what motivates the individual is a question of increasing concern. This paper describes a qualitative job motives study with health care employees. Subjects were 18 Flemish nurses from several units in non-profit hospitals in Belgium. We aimed to identify an exhaustive list of all job motives, as well as the advantages, disadvantages and demotivating factors inherent to the job. The methodology used concentrated on in-depth interviews as well as on a short questionnaire. The data collected were first coded into categories of related motives. In a second stage, content analysis has been applied in order to determine an importance ranking among these categories and to derive motivational priorities. Results indicated that job motives of health care employees can be split up into three categories: intrinsic, extrinsic and social altruistic motives. In line with earlier findings within a sample of non-profit teachers, social altruistic job motives appear to represent by far the most important motivating aspects. These results confirm the necessity for non-profit specifications in motivation theories and will further be used to study motive patterns among non-profit employees
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Non-KU Leuven Association publications

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