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Extrinsic psychosocial stressors and workers’ productivity: impact of employee age and industry experience

Authors
  • Maqsoom, Ahsen
  • Mughees, Abdul
  • Hafiz Zahoor
  • Nawaz, Adnan
  • Mazher, Khwaja Mateen
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Economics
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Dec 06, 2019
Volume
52
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2019.1696936
Source
MyScienceWork
License
White

Abstract

This paper aims to explore the impact of employee age and industrial experience on extrinsic psychosocial stressors that may influence the productivity of workers. Using an integrated theoretical approach, this study examines four extrinsic psychosocial stressors, i.e. work environment, infrastructure, economy and country environment. The data were collected from Pakistani construction industry through a questionnaire survey approach. The study’s findings show that workers having diverse ages did not agree over several work environments and economy-related psychosocial stressors, whereas workers having diverse industrial experiences were in disagreement over numerous country environment and economy-related psychosocial stressors. The study concludes that firms need to mitigate the work environment related psychosocial stressors in young workers, such as, over congestion and inaccessibility to different tools, high temperature and workspace atmosphere. Moreover, organizational and governmental support are direly needed to overcome the country environment-related psychosocial stressors of less experienced workers who are more susceptible to these stressors due to the complex organizational culture, occurrence of natural disasters and unfavourable economic and political state of the country.

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