Stress Management And Employee Productivity: An Examination of the Nigerian Work Environment


Authors : Barinem, Paul Kobani; Amah, Edwinah; Okocha, Belemenanya Friday

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 7 - July

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6893143

Abstract : This study theoretically examined the relationship between stress management and employee productivity in Nigeria work organization context. The study adopted stress management as predictor variable with role ambiguity stress, role overload stress and role conflict stress as its measure while employee productivity was utilized as the criterion variable with its measures covering task performance and contextual performance. Findings from the study revealed that stress is natural to man. But when it becomes too much, it creates harmful effect on the body and leads poor productivity performance. However, we also found that due to the dangers of excessive stress, effective stress management will not only help organizations achieve sustained productivity but also will help the organization reduce voluntary turnover intensions induced by stressful work arrangement. Thus, the study concludes that stress management is a powerful recipe for sustainable employee productivity growth in the face of changing work demands. Therefore we recommend as follows: i)that managers of work organizations in Nigeria should ensure that employees are provided the much needed instructions, guidelines and policies that clearly defines their work role with no contradictions and confusion to warrant ambiguity in job execution; ii) that managers of work organizations in Nigeria should reduce the incidences of work overload by assigning responsibilities in relation to the worker’s energy level i.e. taking into cognizance their physiological and cognitive limitations.

Keywords : Stress management, Role Ambiguity, Role Overload, Role Conflict, Employee Productivity, Task Performance, Contextual Performance.

This study theoretically examined the relationship between stress management and employee productivity in Nigeria work organization context. The study adopted stress management as predictor variable with role ambiguity stress, role overload stress and role conflict stress as its measure while employee productivity was utilized as the criterion variable with its measures covering task performance and contextual performance. Findings from the study revealed that stress is natural to man. But when it becomes too much, it creates harmful effect on the body and leads poor productivity performance. However, we also found that due to the dangers of excessive stress, effective stress management will not only help organizations achieve sustained productivity but also will help the organization reduce voluntary turnover intensions induced by stressful work arrangement. Thus, the study concludes that stress management is a powerful recipe for sustainable employee productivity growth in the face of changing work demands. Therefore we recommend as follows: i)that managers of work organizations in Nigeria should ensure that employees are provided the much needed instructions, guidelines and policies that clearly defines their work role with no contradictions and confusion to warrant ambiguity in job execution; ii) that managers of work organizations in Nigeria should reduce the incidences of work overload by assigning responsibilities in relation to the worker’s energy level i.e. taking into cognizance their physiological and cognitive limitations.

Keywords : Stress management, Role Ambiguity, Role Overload, Role Conflict, Employee Productivity, Task Performance, Contextual Performance.

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