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Factors affecting the work motivation of bantu mine workers

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dc.contributor.author Hewitt CB en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:50:12Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:50:12Z
dc.date.created 1974 en
dc.date.submitted 1976 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/136143
dc.description.abstract This study was concerned with the work motivation of black mineworkers. It was hypothesised that men in the low level jobs in a mechanised mining section in a gold mine would be motivated by factors in the work situation that were extrinsic to the task itself; and that men in the high level jobs would have acquired motivations similar to other industrialised workers whose job satisfaction would be related to features of the work itself and whose dissatisfaction would be associated with the context in which the work was performed. The subjects were 117 black mineworkers most of whom were Malawians: 63 were men in high level mechanical operative and supervisory jobs and 54 were in low level manual labouring jobs. Each subject was interviewed and asked to relate critical incidents associated with times when he felt very happy and very unhappy at work. These were analysed and interpreted within the framework of Herzberg's Motivator-Hygiene Theory. Non-parametric statistical techniques were applied to test the significance of the results in relation to eight operational hypotheses that were derived from the theoretical hypotheses. It was concluded that the men in the low level jobs were "hygiene seekers" in view of their gaining both job satisfaction and dissatisfaction from hygiene factors. The men in high level jobs appeared to be in the process of acquiring work motivations similar to other industrialised workers while they still retained some of the hygiene orientation seen in the men in the low level jobs. It was recommended that motivational research in the mining industry should be continued. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Industrial psychology en
dc.title Factors affecting the work motivation of bantu mine workers en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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