Psychological flexibility, occupational stress and individual job performance
Karungi Abigaba, Karen-Pearl
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The study aimed at examining the relationship between psychological flexibility, occupational stress and individual job performance guided by three key objectives. A cross-sectional survey and Correlational research designs were used where simple random sampling technique was used to draw a sample of 103 respondents. Data was collected from respondents using already developed closed ended self-administered questionnaires which was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Science research (SPSS). The results indicated that there is no significant relationship between psychological flexibility and occupational stress; and no significant relationship between psychological flexibility and job performance. However, there was a positive significant relationship between occupational stress and job performance. It was thus concluded that employees of CIPLAQC are experiencing exhaustion to the point that psychological flexibility has no effect on their stress levels and job performance. The findings on the relationship between occupational stress and job performance were also similar to the conventional studies among factory workers where a positive relationship between the two is observed. This research therefore finds it relevant for CIPLAQC and other organisations to provide a conducive work environment in order to ensure that employees have control over their feelings, thoughts and values. The study also recommends that scholars from industrial and organizational Psychology should broaden the concept of psychological flexibility as scanty scholarly literature exists related to this subject.