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No work is motivating if the climate lacks warmth: The importance of autonomy supportive coworkers and managers in elderly care
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
John Molson School of Business, Montreal, Kanada.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this research was to investigate how elderly caregivers perceive support from their managers and caregivers and how these perceptions contribute to their individual work motivation and team performance. Data were collected from two samples; study 1 involved qualitative interviews with 12 caregivers and social workers for the elderly and study 2 had 238 elderly caregivers complete a questionnaire. Results indicated that supportive managers and caregivers helped create a warm work climate that positively influenced motivation, whereas uninvolved managers and rigorous regulations led to a controlling climate that restrained employee self-development and motivation. In addition, managers and coworkers differently satisfied caregivers’ basic needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness, all of which related to various degrees to motivation and perceptions of team quality. These findings are valuable for organizations wishing to develop and optimize successful climates and work teams for elderly caregivers in societies with highly aging populations.

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motivation, support, caregivers, managers, co-workers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97356OAI: diva2:647128
5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, 27-30 June 2013, Rochester, NY, USA
Available from: 2013-09-10 Created: 2013-09-10 Last updated: 2013-09-16

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