Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Research in Teaching and Education
Keeping Them in The Workplace: A Grounded Theory Study of Filipino Administrator’s Motivation
Zhanina U. Custodio, Princess Zarla J. Raguindin, Ferdinand Bulusan
Middle-level administrators (MLAs) face an uncomfortable position of responsibility and accountability, being sandwiched between the top management and operational personnel in schools. Due to the roles expected of them by people above and below them, studies presented that issues such as power struggle, unrecognized, and narrow opportunities continue to surface. The demand placed in the role of MLAs prompted the point of inquiry of this paper. This study presented the motivation behind their application or acceptance of their position as MLAs via a constructivist grounded theory. The developed themes regarding motivational factors were (1) the need to achieve, (2) a positive organizational climate, (3) professional advancement, and (4) recognition. The sources of their motivation were supportive colleagues, positive reinforcement, and the accomplishment of shared goals. These determined motivational factors significantly impact their productivity, competence, and their job satisfaction. Establishing a sound climate and merit system conducive to the MLAs’ needs were further recommended.
Keywords: mid-level administrators, motivation, recognition, job satisfaction, school organization.