The impact of HIV/Aids on work motivation in a work setting

Mokgoko, Kefilwe Mmule (2006-03)

Thesis (MPhil (Industrial Psychology)--University of Stellenbosch, 2006.


HIV/Aids are no longer just medical issues, they are psychological as well. This study aimed at exploring the impact that HIV/Aids has on employee work motivation. A survey design was used to find out what employees motivation levels were due to being diagnosed with HIV/Aids. Individually administrated questionnaires through face to face interviews were used as a method of data collection. Fourty five employees living HIV/Aids were approached individually to participate. These respondents were identified from the database of the organisations Wellness programme. The impact of HIV/Aids on workplaces with reference to the mining industry statistical background, understanding of work motivation and theories from various schools of thoughts, as well as the psychosocial impact of HIV/Aids are explored. The research findings are presented graphically and discussed. It was found that HIV/Aids had a recognizable impact on employees living with HIV/Aids. Although the impact on actual production could not be measured in this study it is accepted that there is an impact. Generally, more efforts should be made to improve education levels of supervisors, managers, teams and general workplaces on disclosure, discrimination and stigma due to HIV/Aids. These result in great losses due to presenteeism (present but unfocused and unproductive). The conclusion and recommendations derived from the study are provided lastly.

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