An Empirical Synthesis of Employees’ Perceived Relationship between Motivation and Job Performance in Nigeria

Ugochukwu David Abasilim, Eguzoikpe Goodluck Ubani


This study attempts an empirical synthesis of employees’ perceived relationship between motivation and job performance in Nigeria. It employed a survey research method in collecting data from Abia State Civil Service in Nigeria. A total of two hundred and fourteen (214) of the civil servants were sampled. Pearson Product Moment Correlation statistical tool was used to determine employees’ perceived relationship between motivation and job performance in Nigeria. The result reveals that employee motivation has a weak positive and a significant relationship with job performance; intrinsic motivation has a moderate significant positive relationship with job performance; while extrinsic motivation has a weak significant positive relationship with job performance. The conclusion reached is that motivation of employees play a critical role in job performance and that indeed, the motivation of employees should not be overlooked because the long-term survival of any organization depends largely on the motivation of their employees be it intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. It is therefore recommended that efforts should be made by managers, leaders and administrators of Abia State Civil Service to learn about what their employees want from their jobs, or what is important to them should be given to them. 

Keywords: Motivation, Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, Job Performance

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