While humans seek happiness, organizations seek high performing employees, so the purpose and goals of individuals and organizations are often viewed as separate and distinct. In today’s work world, Generation Y is less engaged than any previous generation (BlessingWhite, 2011). Motivating them to contribute their best work is increasingly challenging, and it is becoming increasingly important to understand and change.
This study examines how the ideal win/win of integrated success for both individuals and their organizations works. Based on various lines of research from multiple scientific disciplines and an empirical investigation of how Gen Y employees (n=50) experience the process and effects of integration at work, this dissertation explores and explains how when purpose in life and work are clear, and individual needs are supported at work, authentic contribution is prompted and integration occurs.
A model explaining how the components of integrated motivation interact is presented. The findings are discussed and recommendations are made on how this study and future research can contribute to work becoming a platform for our greatest potential.
Keywords: integration, motivation, contribution, purpose, work, Generation Y, happiness, performance, self-transcendence, engagement, goal, meaning