The Effects of Commitment, Health and Occupational Stressors on Individual Productivity: The Case of Malaysian Research Universities

DOI 10.14707/ajbr.130009

Zafir Mohd Makhbul
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Sheikh Muhamad Hizam Hj. Sheikh Khairuddin
Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan College

When an individual experiences work stress, it could make him/her susceptible physiologically, psychologically and behaviourally. These negative effects of stress will susceptible individual productivity. The purpose of this research was to determine the direct effects of occupational stressors on commitment, health, and individual productivity. The respondents were selected based on the proportionate stratified random sampling method. 300 questionnaires were collected from the academic administrators from 5 Malaysian research universities. The research instrument used for stress, commitment, and health component was adopted from ASSET (A Shortened Stress Evaluation Tool). The productivity component employed the criteria’s from the research universities’ annual performance appraisal. Occupational stressors were analysed dimensionally while commitment, health, and individual productivity aggregately. The results showed that commitment and health positively affects individual productivity. However, work relationships, work-life balance, job security, control, resources and communication, and pay and benefits significantly but negatively relate to individual productivity.

Keywords:   Stress, Commitment, Health, Productivity, Academicians, Research University


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