International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss


Wanting to Work or Working for Wants: Intrinsic Work Preference among Educated Female Public Servants in Pakistan

Constructive job attitude among female public servants is a pre-requisite for success of programs for gender mainstreaming in the public sector. In this paper empirical evidence is presented regarding the extent and nature of autonomous work preference among female public servants in Pakistan. After a thorough review of relevant literature the Work Motivation and Commitment Index (WMCI) was developed. It is shown that WMCI is a valid and reliable measure of productive work attitude among female public servants which considers the social realities of Pakistani women. Descriptive statistics of WMCI reveal that the two most important sources of intrinsic motivation for female public servants are need for self actualization and psychological satisfaction from performing productive activities. Although many women face difficulty in being equally dedicated to their family and work responsibilities, work commitment and public service motivation levels were found to be quite satisfactory.

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