High level of motivation of civil servants is of even greater importance at times of
economic and financial crisis.
Within the presentation of financial crisis in Slovenia there is a description of adopted
austerity measures to provide public finance balance; the measures influenced the
motivation of civil servants, and the security of their employment as well. Among
consequences of economic and social crisis is also a decreased trust of public in the
government and the parliament. Slovenia was found in the weakest position after the
adoption and implementation of austerity measures, compared to other member states of
the European Union.
The purpose of the master’s degree thesis is, by application of a comparative analysis, to
establish the degree of motivation of civil servants at the actual time of pursuance of
austerity measures (in 2013) as well as at times of certain positive developments in public
and economic sphere (in 2015).
The results of the analysis show that the levels of motivation were higher in 2015
compared to those from 2013, however there were no significant changes in the area of
motivation at workplace. As a matter of fact, the possibilities of financial stimulation in
public sector are scarce, nevertheless some immaterial incentives may be provided as
motivational factors in public administration. Finally, the results of the research have
shown that even though salary rate is important, it is not the main motivational factor in
the context of the workplace.
The aim of both, the results of the research and the comparison performed in the thesis,
is to increase the level of trust in the government and the parliament on one hand, and to
achieve the desired level of motivation of public employees on the other, concurrently
binding the executive management to respect all characteristics of work in public service
and work ethic emphasizing that the essence of public service is to serve the public
interest. To increase work motivation adequate work environment shall be provided with
clearly defined vision and acts of Slovene public administration reflecting liability for
motivation of public servants.