An Empirical Study of the Employment Motivation Laziness Model:A Survey of Students in Higher Vocational College in China

Chuan WAN, Lai Poey Chin


Identifying slow employment (SE) and lazy employment (LE) will help graduates to improve the quality of employment. Based on the self-determined motivation theory, the study proposes a theoretical model of employment motivation laziness (EML), which consists of study burnout, laziness, lack of responsibility and lack of self-confidence, and is divided into two dimensions: controlled motivation (CM) and non-motivation (NM). However, the literature suggests a lack of empirical validation of EML, which seems to be a recent phenomenon of employment difficulties among Chinese graduates. The sample consisted of 1,033 students (50.1% male, 49.9% female). We proposed a developed questionnaire to the respondents. Cronbach’s alpha measurements indicated that reliabilities ranged from .877 to .929. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the construct model included the dimensions of CM and NM. However, because of the complexity of motivation, other more variables may also be included, which requires further exploration.


Employment Motivation Laziness; Empirical Research; Higher Vocational College

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