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Work motivation and perceived risks

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The purpose of the present paper is to examine work motivation (willingness to work) and the related variable of perceived risks. The paper reports results from two studies. The two studied groups were people employed in childcare and employees of a Swedish insurance company. The questionnaires were similar in both studies. The perceived risk variables were divided into two groups: accepted risks that were positively correlated with work motivation, and a risk burden that had a negative correlation to work motivation. The risk variables accounted for 36.9% of the explained variance in work motivation for employees of the insurance company and the variance in work motivation was explained to 23.3% by the risk variables for the group employed people in childcare. Hence, risk is an important factor in work motivation.

Keywords: child care, insurance personnel, perceived risks, work motivation

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