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Tags: MIHAELA CHRAIF , CAMELIA STEFAN , public servant , health , wage motivation



Mihaela Chraifa, Camelia Ştefanb

aPostdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Bucharest University

b PhD Student, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Bucharest University



Due to poor economic situation, in 2009 legislative changes took place that inevitably led to street protests and movements revolts that caused the fall of the Government and the beginning of political chaos. Confidence in the political class was affected, mainly due to the denigration of workers in the public system.

All these events create stress elements in society and, consequently, have an influence on those working in public institutions and it does not exist a single attempt to reduce their effects. The objective of the present research is to outline predictors of public servants’ health and efficiency. 117 public servants from seven Romanian counties participated in this research, aged between 23 and 56 years old (with an average age of 38.6, SD = 5.76), 87 women and 30 men, from both urban and rural areas. Two questionnaires were designed and adapted to be used in organizations from the public administration sector. The items were elaborated according to the education level and specialization. The results obtained suggest that wage motivation is a predictor of work performance and perception of health (p<0.01). The regression models show that wage motivation has a negative correlation with work performance and a negative correlation with self-perceived health.

The conclusions of the study highlight the fact that the longer overtime employees work, the faster the goals are achieved and the harder good health is maintained.


Keywords: public servant, health, wage motivation.


This article can be cited as:

M.Chraif & C. Stefan (2010). A practical model for the development of public servants' competitiveness and professional performance. Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology vol.1, no.1, pp. 34-47, 2010.

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