EFFECT OF STRESS ON EMPLOYEES’ PERFORMANCE IN AN ORGANIZATION
(A CASE STUDY OF ECOBANK NIGERIA PLC UYO)
1.1 Background of the study
Stress is a common element in any kind of job and persons have to face it in almost every walk of life. Stress has been defined in different ways over the years According to Robbins and Sanghi (2006) “A dynamic condition in which an individual is confronted with an opportunity, constraints or demand related to what he or she desires and for which the outcome is perceived to be both uncertain and important” stress is an increasing problem in organizations and often cause adverse effects on performance.
According to Kahn and Quinn (2010) “Stress is the outcome of facet of the assigned work role that caused harmful effect for individual. Occupational stress is considered as harmful factor of the work environment”. It also has unpleasant effects on health of an individual’s as David (2008) contributed “it can also be labeled as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the workers. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injuring”.
According to Ilo (2006) “it is recognized world-wide as a major challenge to individual mental and physical health, and organization health”. Although stress includes both good and bad aspects but it is not necessarily bad. Robbins and Sanghi (2006) also contributed “stress is typically discussed in a negative context; it also has a positive gain”. Robbins et al, (2008) contributed the same “stress is not always negative or harmful and indeed, the absence of stress is death”. But it still has destructive impact on employee performance.
According to Usman and Ismail (2010)’ one of the affected outcomes of stress is on job performance” so it needs to be studied. Stress has also been viewed as an inevitable consequence of work life; or at most a health care issue. Neither viewed begins to capture just how costly this problem is to employers.
Some causes of stress to individual are domestic family factor, social/ people factors, sexual factors, mental and physical factors etc. research shows that stress interferes with human intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal functioning. In fact, nearly every popular training and organizational development initiatives is directly comprised by the intellectual, emotional and interpersonal consequences of stress.
The objective is to explore and understand the extent to which effect of stress affect workers efficiency and productivity in work setting. To investigate how the effect of stress affect on each employee influence management efficiently, and finally to suggest and recommend on ways in which managers can effectively address and handle causes of stress in the work setting to achieve the organizational productivity.
Therefore, effective and efficient stress management is relevant in a place of work, so that the effect of stress can be eliminated or reduced from public and private sector, especially amongst the staff of Ecobank Nigeria Plc Uyo.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
This study intends to find out the effect of stress on employee’s performance. Employees face a lot of physical and mental hazard on the job, which may cause them a lot of stress. Examples are family problems, finances, and other personal issues, and other times stress comes directly from work place. Some employees deal with so much stress on a daily basis that it can significantly affect their job performance, productivity and also their health generally.
Every employee has distinctive role or function to perform which are geared toward attainment of the overall organizations objective. And where the level of stress is high on the employee, the organizations objective may not be achieved.
Thus how to eliminate or reduce stress in order to increase day to day productivity and employee’s performance is important.
1.3 Objectives of the Study
The researchers’ primary objectives of embarking on this study are:-
- To explore and understand the extent to which effect of stress affect workers efficiency and productivity in work setting
- To understand the causes and influences of stress on workers performance
- To investigate how the effect of stress on each employee influence management efficiently.
- To suggest and recommend on ways in which managers can effectively address and handle causes of stress in the work setting to achieve the organizational productivity.
1.4 Research Questions
To act as a guide to a thorough investigation of this area of interest, the following research questions were asked:
- Does working over hours have a negative impact on employee’s performance?
- Does the organization pay worker on overtime to motivate them work well?
- Does motivation contribute to employee’s job satisfaction?
- Is there any means of controlling stress?
- Does the organization consider how someone health is affected by the job?
- Does delay in payment of monthly salary influence workers performance?
- Are there obstacles outside the working environment that influence employee’s performance?
- Does the staff of the bank cooperate and work as team.
1.5 Research hypothesis
To serve as a guide on this study, the following null (Ho) and alternative (Hi) hypothesis below was formulated.
- Ho: The effect of stress on employee performance does not lead to inefficiency and low productivity.
Hi: The effect of stress on employee performance lead to inefficiency and low productivity.
- Ho: Employee performance does not play a vital role in
Hi: Employee performance plays a vital role in organizational development
1.6 Significance of Study
The justification for conducting this study is to examine the effect of stress on employee’s performance in the public and private sector. It will help the employees to be aware of the symptoms of stress and its effects and avoid them whenever possible. It will help management and staff of Ecobank Nigeria Plc in formulating policy, which will help trainees in any organization to undergo different training to meet the challenges of their various job. It will help to provide valid information for future researchers.