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Work Stress among Professionals in the Building Construction Industry in Nigeria

Ibem, Eziyi O. and Anosike, N. M, and Azuh , Dominic Ezinwa and Mosaku, Tim O. (2011) Work Stress among Professionals in the Building Construction Industry in Nigeria. Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 11 (3). pp. 45-57. ISSN 1837-9133

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Abstract

This study was undertaken to identify key stress factors among professionals in the building construction industry in Nigeria. This is in view of the fact that to date, very little is known about work stress among professionals in the building construction industry in this country. The study involved the administration of a questionnaire to 107 professionals including architects, builders, civil/structural engineers and quantity surveyors randomly selected from 60 ongoing building projects in Anambra, Ogun and Kaduna States, Nigeria. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics, and findings show that the principal sources of stress were high volume of work, uncomfortable site offices, lack of feedback on previous and ongoing building projects, and variations in the scope of work in ongoing building projects. The paper suggests that taking responsibility for work which one has adequate capacity to handle, establishing realistic budgets and time frames for project delivery, provision of spatially adequate, visually and thermally comfortable site offices, adoption of appropriate job design practices and education of professionals in stress management will reduce the incidence of stress among professionals in the building industry in Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work stress, Building construction Industry, Professionals, Nigeria
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr. Eziyi O. Ibem
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2011 23:47
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 11:31
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/517

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