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Does Emotional Needs Satisfaction Effect Levels of Workplace Absenteeism in a Public Healthcare Setting?

Egan, Redmond (2019) Does Emotional Needs Satisfaction Effect Levels of Workplace Absenteeism in a Public Healthcare Setting? Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Empirical research has shown that poorer mental wellbeing and general job dissatisfaction are associated with higher rates of absenteeism. There is a lack of research examining the relationship between emotional needs satisfaction and workplace absenteeism. The primary aim of this study sought to investigate whether a relationship existed between emotional needs satisfaction and workplace absenteeism. A secondary aim sought to examine the predictive ability of the emotional needs scores in explaining workplace absenteeism rates. A final aim of this research was to investigate whether management were different from other staff in rates of absenteeism.

The opportunistic sample consisted of 156 employees from a hospital in Ireland. The Emotional Needs Audit and the World Health Organization Health and Work Performance Questionnaire (HPQ) pertaining to absenteeism were used as measures. Surveys were distributed and collected over two weeks. Data analysis used Spearman’s p correlation, hierarchical multiple regression and between-groups ANOVA.

Results showed that emotional needs were significantly negatively related to rates of workplace absenteeism. Emotional needs scores was not a significant predictor of absenteeism, while members of management were not found to be significantly different than other types of employees on absenteeism.

In conclusion, employees with lower levels of need satisfaction are more likely to have higher rates of absenteeism. Future research should be conducted with more objective measures of absenteeism.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Absence Management
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotional Intelligence
R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 11:26
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 11:26
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3774

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