STRESS AMONG LIBRARY STAFF IN NIGERIA: CASES FROM NORTHERN NIGERIA

Seun Agusonye, Victor Oluwade

Abstract


The study seeks to examine the determinants of stress and impact among University Library Staff in Nigeria. Data was collected from 100 respondents from the Central Library of the Kaduna State University- Nigeria. The study shows that work demand factors, control factors, support factors, relationship factors, role factors and change factors have a significant impact on stress among staff of the Central Library. However, the degree of effect of the above factors differs significantly. The strongest factor which affects stress among staff is relationship factors which embody the promoting of positive working conditions to avoid conflict and dealing with unacceptable behaviour. This study has noted that there is no significant difference between the effect of the six factors which cause stress on male and female respondents at a 99% confidence level. It is observed that stress has an impact on areas of organisational development such as staff motivation, innovativeness, staff loyalty, staff productivity, initiative, and speed of learning. The strongest effect is on staff loyalty. Again the responses suggest that there is no significant difference between the effect that stress has on male staff and female staff at a confidence level of 99%.The study recommends that the administration of the Central Library takes measures to eliminate or drastically reduce the causes of stress amount the staff to help enhance efficiency.


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