Grace Watiri Githatu


Diverse factors provide indicators of job motivation challenges amongst healthcare workers. These factors include the high level of employee turnover. For example, in 2017, an estimated 700 doctors quit employment in government-run hospitals. Additionally, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union (KMPDU) estimated that up to 2,300 doctors had left devolved sector employment between 2014 and 2016 for private sector engagement or further education abroad. Moreover, the various groups of healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, and clinical officers have held numerous industrial strikes against their employers. Consequently, this study seeks to study the factors influencing job motivation in the healthcare public sector. The study is based on Herzberg’s 2-factor theory that splits factors affecting employee job motivation as extrinsic and motivating factors. The study used a descriptive research design and the target population was health workers in Nakuru County Public health facilities including doctors, clinical officers, laboratory technicians, pharmacists and nurses. The study population was 1756 respondents. The sample size of this study, using Taro Yamane’s (1967) formula, was 326 respondents. The correlation between diverse factors and job motivation was examined. The study found a strong positive correlation between extrinsic factors and job motivation (r = 0.633, p value = 0.000). The regression analysis results revealed that a unit increase in extrinsic factors is associated with a 0.318 increase in job motivation levels.


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