Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 11–22

Designing volunteers’ tasks to maximize motivation, satisfaction and performance: The impact of job characteristics on volunteer engagement

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11031-007-9079-4

Cite this article as:
Millette, V. & Gagné, M. Motiv Emot (2008) 32: 11. doi:10.1007/s11031-007-9079-4


We conducted a field study to test the applicability of the job characteristics model (JCM) in volunteer organizations and examine the impact of job characteristics on volunteer motivation, satisfaction and intent to quit, as well as test a measure of volunteer performance. One hundred and twenty-four volunteers completed measures of job characteristics, motivation, satisfaction, and intent to quit. Supervisors rated volunteer task performance and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB). Results showed that job characteristics were related to volunteers’ autonomous motivation, satisfaction and performance. Autonomous motivation acted as a mediator in the relationship between job characteristics and satisfaction. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.


Volunteer motivation Self-determination theory Autonomous motivation Performance Satisfaction Intent to quit Job characteristics model 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management, John Molson School of BusinessConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada