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APPENDIX A

Cover Letter

Respected madam/sir,

I am conducting a research study on work motivation and job satisfaction within the organisation for
academic purposes. It would be greatly appreciated if you would assist by completing the attached
questionnaire. As a part of my project I would like to gather some information from you which will
help me in an in-depth study of project.

This research explores the determinants of job satisfaction and its relation to motivation among
tertiary teachers and non-teaching staffs in University of Mascareignes. The research will identify what
factors motivate the students enrolled in the University of Mascareignes to progress on the academic
as well as physical levels.

As part of my investigations I am hoping to gather some data from practicing teachers and non-
teaching staffs relating to their work and their feelings towards it. To do this I have prepared a
questionnaire that explores different aspects of the job.

There are three sections to be completed. Firstly, there is a questionnaire on work motivation and
secondly, one on job satisfaction, followed by a third questionnaire on personal data.

It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete both questionnaires. Please note that there are
no right or wrong answers.

I would be obliged if you co-operate with me in filling the questionnaire. Please be assured that all
responses will remain confidential, all respondents will remain anonymous and only grouped data will
be presented.

Thank you for your willingness to complete this questionnaire.

Regards,

………….

NAMES
Questionnaire
Work extrinsic and intrinsic motivation scale (WEIMS)

Using the scale below, please indicate to what extend each of the following items corresponds to the reason why you are
presently involved in your work.

Does not correspond Corresponds Corresponds


at all moderately exactly
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

1. Because this is the type of work I chose to do to attain a certain lifestyle. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

2. For the income it provides. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

3. I ask myself this question, I don’t seem to be able to 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


manage the important tasks related to this work.

4. Because I derive much pleasure form learning new things. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

5. Because it has become a fundamental part of who I am. 1 2 3 45 6 7


6. Because I want to succeed at this job, if not I would 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
be very ashamed of myself.
7. Because I chose this type of work to attain my career goals. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
8. For the satisfaction I experience form taking on interesting challenges. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
9. Because it allows me to earn money. 1 2 3 4 5
6 7
10. Because it is part of the way which I have chosen to live my life. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
11. Because I want to be very good at this work, otherwise I 1 2 3 4 5
6 7
would be very disappointed.
12. I don’t know why, we are provided with unrealistic working condition. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
13. Because I want to be a “winner” in life. 1 2 3 4 5
6 7
14. Because it is the type of work I have chosen to attain 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
certain important objectives.
15. For the satisfaction I experience when I am successful at 1 2 3 4 5
6 7
doing difficult tasks.

16. Because this type of work provides me with security. 1 2 3 4


5 6 7
17. I don’t know, too much is expected of us. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
18. Because this job is part of my life. 1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Job Satisfaction Questionnaire
On my present job, this is how I feel about… Very Dissat. Sat. Very
Dissat. Sat.

20. Being able to keep busy all the time □ □ □ □


21. The chance to work alone on the job □ □ □ □
22. The chance to do different things from time to time □ □ □ □
23. The chance to be “somebody” in the institutions □ □ □ □
24. The way my principle handles his/her workers □ □ □ □
25. The competence of my directors in making decisions □ □ □ □
26. Being able to do things that don’t go against my conscience □ □ □ □
27. The way my job provides for steady employment □ □ □ □
28. The chance to do things for other people □ □ □ □
29. The chance to tell people what to do □ □ □ □
30. The chance to do something that makes use of my abilities □ □ □ □
31. The way institution policies are put into practice □ □ □ □
32. My pay and the amount of work I do □ □ □ □
33. The chances for advancement on this job □ □ □ □
34. The freedom to use my own judgment □ □ □ □
35. The chance to try my own methods of doing the job □ □ □ □
36. The working conditions □ □ □ □
37. The way my co-workers get along with each other □ □ □ □
38. The praise I get for doing a good job □ □ □ □
39. The feeling of accomplishment I get from the job □ □ □ □
Personal Data Questionnaire

Instructions: Please answer the following questions. The information obtained will be used for
statistical purposes only. Please do not include your name on this sheet.

40. Gender

_____ Female _____ Male

41. Have you ever experienced any form of discrimination at work?

Yes No

42. Have you ever had a promotion at the University?

Yes No

43. How long have you been employed in this post?

Less than 1 year

1 – 3 years

4 – 6 years

7 – 9 years

10-14 years

15 years or more

44. With regard to your own suitability for promotion, do you feel that: (You may tick more than one
box)

You lack qualifications □


You do not have the relevant qualifications □
There are limited opportunities within the department / section □
There are limited opportunities within University □

ENDING: Your participation in this study is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.