Regional Crises and Corruption: The Eclipse of the Quality of Working Life in Nigeria

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Adisa, T. and Gbadamosi, G. 2018. Regional Crises and Corruption: The Eclipse of the Quality of Working Life in Nigeria. Employee Relations. 41 (3), pp. 571-591.
AuthorsAdisa, T. and Gbadamosi, G.
Abstract

Purpose – In recent years, there has been a rapid decline in the quality of working life
(QWL) of Nigerian workers at all levels. This phenomenon is cryptic and knowledge
thereof is inadequate due to a dearth of compelling research on QWL in Nigeria. This
article seeks a deeper understanding of QWL among Nigerian workers by investigating
the impact of corruption and regional crises on QWL in this non-western context. The
study also examines what QWL means to Nigerian employees.

Methodology – The study employs qualitative data gleaned from semi-structured
interviews.
Findings – The research reveals that corruption has a strongly negative effect on
employees’ QWL, which in turn affects their motivation, attitude towards their job, and
the psychological contract between them and their employers. Furthermore, the
findings revealed that regional crises (such as the heinous activities of the Boko Haram
sect in the north-east, the continuing agitation of the secessionists (e.g. the Indigenous
People of Biafra [IPOB]), in the south-east, and the tumultuous activities of the Niger
Delta Avengers (NDA) in the south-south, have combined to reduce employees’ QWL.
Research limitations/implications – The extent to which the findings of this research
can be generalised is constrained by the selected sample of the research (public sector
employees).

Originality/value – These results and the practical implications thereof will be useful to
the Nigerian government, policymakers and organisations for creating and enhancing
good QWL in Nigeria.

JournalEmployee Relations
Journal citation41 (3), pp. 571-591
ISSN0142-5455
Year2018
PublisherEmerald
Accepted author manuscript
License
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1108/ER-02-2018-0043
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-02-2018-0043
Publication dates
Online11 Dec 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited21 Aug 2018
Accepted25 Jul 2018
Accepted25 Jul 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Emerald
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