Attracting Public Service Motivated Employees: How to Design Compensation Packages

Lotte Bøgh Andersen, Tor Eriksson, Nicolai Kristensen, Lene Holm Pedersen

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Public sector managers want to attract employees with high public service motivation as they are expected to perform better. The public service motivation literature rarely gives practical advice on how this can be done. Recognizing that compensation packages act as a sorting device that can be used to attract specific types of workers, we combine empirical measures of public service motivation with a newly developed approach to employees’ monetary valuation of compensation packages. This tool can be used to improve recruitment and retention of employees with high public service motivation. We find that public service motivated employees have a lower preference for bonuspayments and stronger preferences for health care packages, but the associations depend on the specific context in which the employees work. This implies that the employees’ perceptions of the compatibility between the compensation package elements and societal interest should be taken into account, when the employees are motivated by doing good for society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Administrative Sciences
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)615-641
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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