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Future Work and Disability: Promoting Job Motivation in Special Employment Centers in Spain

Social Psychology and Quantitative Psychology, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(8), 1447; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16081447
Received: 22 March 2019 / Revised: 10 April 2019 / Accepted: 15 April 2019 / Published: 24 April 2019
The technological transition currently taking place in the labor market is having severe implications for people. One vulnerable group at risk of marketplace exclusion are employees with disabilities. This research explores their job motivation, including the moderated effect of self-efficacy. A 187 employees from Special Employment Centers (SECs) in Spain with intellectual and physical disabilities completed the Internal Motivation Scale, the Psychological Critical States (PCS) and the self-efficacy sub-scale of the Psychological Processes Scale (PPS) tests. Following the International Tests Commission guidelines, the instruments were adapted to the special needs of the participants. We found differences depending on the kind of disability of employees. In employees with intellectual disabilities, their levels of self-efficacy moderated the effect of responsibility for outcomes and meaningfulness of work on motivation. In the case of employees with physical disabilities, the knowledge of results is a predictor of motivation when they had medium or high levels of self-efficacy. Additionally, in this group, responsibility for outcomes and meaningfulness of work had a direct effect on motivation, independently of their levels of self-efficacy. Employees with disabilities should be empowered to make choices and exercise control in their working lives. To do so, human resources managers should promote their wellbeing, taking into consideration the workforce diversity. View Full-Text
Keywords: motivation; self-efficacy; responsibility for outcomes; meaningfulness of work; knowledge of results; special employment centers; employees with disabilities motivation; self-efficacy; responsibility for outcomes; meaningfulness of work; knowledge of results; special employment centers; employees with disabilities
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Romeo, M.; Yepes-Baldó, M. Future Work and Disability: Promoting Job Motivation in Special Employment Centers in Spain. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1447.

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