were lower than the total mean of 3.7, "I only like to do things that are fun" (M=3.5,
SD=1.4), "when choosing jobs I usually choose the one that sounds like the most fun"
(M=3.2, SD=1.6), and "if choosing between two jobs, the most important criteria are
'which is more fun'" (M=3.3, SD=1.6). "The people I choose to spend my time with are
the most fun to be with" (M=4.9, SD=1.5) was the only other statement that scored above
the mean of this factor.
The instrumental motivation factor had a mean score of 4.3. The item that scored
highest was "a day's work for a day's pay" (M=5.3, SD=1.9). The lowest scoring item of
this factor was "I would work harder if I knew that my effort would lead to higher pay"
(M=3.7, SD=1.9). The only other item that scored about the mean of 4.3 was "people
should always keep their eyes and ears open for better job opportunities" (M=4.9,
SD=1.6).
The internal self-concept factor received the highest mean score of all four factors
(M=5.8). There was only one item that scored lower than the overall factor mean, "I
need to know that my skills and values are impacting the organizations success" (M=5.1,
SD=1.5). Though it scored the lowest for this factor, the mean of this item (M=5.1,
SD=1.5) is still higher than the total mean scores for the three other factors (M=3.7,
SD=1.6; M=3.7, SD=1.6; M=4.3, SD=1.8). One item was also above the total mean,
"decisions I make will reflect high standards that I've set for myself' (M=6.9, SD=1.3).
Table 4-32 Motivation Sources Inventory (N=101)
Mean SD
External Self-Concept
It is important to me that others approve of my behavior 4.8 1.6
If choosing jobs I want one that allows me to be recognized for successes 4.3 1.7
Those people who make the most friends have lived the fullest lives 4.2 1.8
I give my best effort when I know that it will be seen by the most 3.2 1.7
influential people in an organization