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date: 12 July 2020

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In this chapter, we present a motivational model of job stress that accounts for certain widely acknowledged stress factors. Drawing on self-determination theory, we identify three key processes behind employee motivation: autonomous motivation, controlled motivation, and amotivation. We then show how job stressors, motivation, strain, and diminished well-being are connected. We suggest that motivational processes play a pivotal, multifunctional role in how employees adapt to the workplace and react to job stressors. We also propose that managers’ interpersonal styles wield an indirect effect on these motivational processes through employees’ perceptions of job stressors. We conclude with some directions for future research.

Keywords: job stressors, work motivation, strain reactions, well-being, self-determination theory

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