Motivation Questionnaire


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Note: This test review was published by BPS in 2003

Description of the Test

The Motivation Questionnaire sets out to provide a systematic means of assessing the differences in motivational patterns and strengths between individuals. The questionnaire is concerned with assessing differences in the factor scores that ‘energise, direct and sustain behaviour in the workplace’. The final version of the Motivation Questionnaire has 18 scales assembled into four separate factors: (1) Energy and dynamism consists of the scales of: Level of activity; Achievement; Competition; Fear of failure; Power; Immersion; Commercial outlook These are the main sources of energy with which an individual approaches tasks. (2) Synergy consists of the scales of: Affiliation; Recognition; Personal principles; Ease and security; Personal growth These scales relate to feeling comfortable and at ease with the work environment. (3) Intrinsic Motivations consists of the scales of: Interest; Flexibility; Autonomy These scales refer to sources of motivation that are features of jobs and tasks that may be enjoyable and satisfying. (4) Extrinsic Motivations consists of the scales of: Material reward; Progression; Status These motivators are not integral to the task performed but which are obtained as a result of working. The scores generate profiles (either on a ‘pre-normed’ chart for a managerial and professional group, or, using other norm groups, on a blank profile). Research by SHL (Motivation Questionnaire Update, 1995) suggests that the questionnaire is useful in individual counselling, management development, selection and promotion, career counselling and job and organisational fit.

Authors: Helen Baron, Sue Henley, Audrey McGibbon and Tina McCarthy.

Test Publisher: SHL Group Ltd.

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