Work Motivation: The Roles of Individual Needs and Social Conditions

Thuy Thi Diem Vo, Kristine Velasquez Tuliao, Chung Wen Chen

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Work motivation plays a vital role in the development of organizations, as it increases employee productivity and effectiveness. To expand insights into individuals’ work motivation, the authors investigated the influence of individuals’ competence, autonomy, and social relatedness on their work motivation. Additionally, the country-level moderating factors of those individual-level associations were examined. Hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) was used to analyze data from 32,614 individuals from 25 countries, obtained from the World Values Survey (WVS). Findings showed that autonomy and social relatedness positively impacted work motivation, while competence negatively influenced work motivation. Moreover, the individual-level associations were moderated by the country-level religious affiliation, political participation, humane orientation, and in-group collectivism. Contributions, practical implications, and directions for further research were then discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number49
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • Prosocial motivation
  • Psychological needs
  • Self-determination theory
  • Social conditions
  • Work motivation


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