HomeLEAPS: Miriam College Faculty Research Journalvol. 25 no. 1 (2005)

Work Motivation, Self Esteem, Life and Work Satisfaction

Melissa Basa Lamug

Discipline: Organizational Culture



A survey using purposive-convenience sampling examined work motivation, self esteem, life and workplace satisfaction of employees in an academic institution. The 82-item questionnaire was composed of the WPI, Rosenberg’s Self Esteem Scale, The Satisfaction with Life Scale (Diener), and the Perception on Organization Climate. Two Hundred and thirty three (233) employees from different units and job levels participated. Results indicated above average levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, self esteem, life and workplace satisfaction. The results confirm the positive relationship between intrinsic motivation, self esteem, life satisfaction and workplace satisfaction.


Among demographic factors, no significant relationship was found with intrinsic motivation but age and length of service correlated significantly with extrinsic motivation. Significant differences in extrinsic motivation and self esteem of different job levels were also seen. The study also shows that the strongest predictor of intrinsic motivation would be self esteem and pride in the institution.