ORGANIZATIONAL CONFLICT AS CORRELATE OF JOB COMMITMENTS AND ABSENTEEISM

Author: Obibuba Ijeoma Martha
Department: Psychology
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

This study examined organizational conflict as correlates of employees’ commitment and absenteeism. A total of 208 teachers from National secondary school, St John’s secondary school, kabbe secondary school, Holy Ghost secondary school, Igwebike secondary- scaoaAmaenyi secondary school, and NnamdiAzikiwe Secondary school in Awka served as participants in the study. The participants were selected through convenience sampling technique. Out of the 208 participants 39 (18.8%) were males while 169 (81.3%) were females. The ages of the participants ranged from 20 to 50 years with a mean age of 33.53 years and standard deviation of 8.87. An eighteen (18) item attitude to organizational scale was used in the study. Pearson product moment correlation was used as a statistical tool to test the research hypotheses. The findings indicated that hypothesis one which states that there will be a significant positive relationship between organizational conflict and affective commitment was accepted at r (208) = .14, P<.05. The results also indicated that hypothesis two which states that there will be a significant positive relationship between organizational conflict and normative commitment was accepted at r (208)=.17, P<.05. Hypothesis three which states that there will be a significant positive relationship between organizational conflict and continuance commitment was accepted at r (208) =.17, P<.05. Finally, organizational conflict had significant relationship with absenteeism at r (208) =.15, P<.05. Therefore, hypothesis four which states that there will be a significant positive relationship between organizational conflict and absenteeism was accepted. In conclusion, the researcher found out that organizational conflict is significantly related to organizational commitment and absenteeism. It is therefore recommended that government and organizations should organize on the job seminars or formation to enlighten employee’s on how to manage conflicts and improve commitment.

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