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Motivation in care

Individuals and care organisations can influence intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. For individuals, intrinsic motivation is ones internal desire to care, the passion, commitment, satisfaction of caring for another.  Organisations that have a strong commitment to employee’s can evoke intrinsic motivators such as employee commitment, capability, professional development, and recognition of potential. Individuals with extrinsic motivators may be focused on maximising functional outcomes, mobility, connection and/or life experiences of the person they are caring for and organisations with an externally controlled approach evoke extrinsic motivators such as maximising outcomes, controlling, monitoring, and external rewards such as a bonus or other incentive.  Its natural also that individuals and organisations influence both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

The care environment can influence intrinsic and extrinsic motivation however it cannot change our natural motivation orientation.

Intrinsic motivation has been reported to have a strong positive relationship with task performance in people who care for others.  Intrinsic motivation has also been found to influence high quality practice in healthcare.

When caring for others, it is important to frequently draw attention to our motivation to care and to the satisfaction of caring for others. 

People who care for others with higher levels of compassion satisfaction were found to have lower levels of compassion fatigue and burnout.

Care professionals are largely intrinsically motivated to care for others and find caring for others tremendously satisfying and meaningful.  Many care professionals have expressed their desire to care as their purpose. Having purpose elevates motivation.