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date: 13 November 2019

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Drawing on attachment theory, we propose the constructs of secure home base and secure work base as two psychological mechanisms that shape autonomous motivation in the workplace. Secure home base is a sense of security that develops from satisfactory interactions with available, sensitive, responsive, and supportive close relationship partners. People with a secure home base feel they receive unconditional positive regard from their close relationship partners, and they can rely on them for support and protection while autonomously dealing with life challenges. Secure work base is a context-specific sense of security that develops from interactions with the organization or its members where employees feel that support is available when needed, that their capabilities and efforts are being affirmed and appreciated, and where their acts and initiatives are not being interfered with or interrupted. A secure home base promotes effective stress regulation and supports the development of an integrated goal system. A secure work base facilitates autonomous task engagement.

Keywords: secure home base, secure work base, motivation, attachment, attachment theory, self-determination theory

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