THE IMPACT OF LENGTH OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND PERCEIVED ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT ON EMPLOYEES' SOCIO-EMOTIONAL NEEDS

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					      THE IMPACT OF LENGTH OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND
    PERCEIVED ORGANISATIONAL SUPPORT ON EMPLOYEES’
                SOCIO-EMOTIONAL NEEDS.

                         Sunday Samson BABALOLA, PhD*
                             Department of Psychology
                           Faculty of the Social Sciences
                            University of Ibadan, Ibadan
                                       Nigeria.


             This study examined the influence of length of
             unemployment       and    perceived   organisational
             support on employee‘s socio-emotional needs. Two
             hundred participating employees for this study were
             from Petroleum servicing companies in South
             Western Nigeria. One hundred and fourteen (57%) of
             the subjects were males while eighty-six (43%) were
             females. The subjects‘ age ranges from 18 to 58
             years with a mean age of 33.61. Using
             standardised measures, four hypotheses were
             tested and analysed on a 2 x 2 ANOVA. The result
             obtained showed significant main effects of length
             of unemployment and perceived organisational
             support on socio-emotional needs; [F (194, 1) = 9.40;
             P < .05; F (194, 2) = 33.84; P < .05]. The study
             however revealed no significant interaction effect of
             length    of     unemployment       and    perceived
             organisational support on socio-emotional needs (F
             (194, 2) = 0.35; P > .05). Finally, based on the
             findings of this research, it was recommended that
             since perceived organisational support has been
             revealed to increase employees socio-emotional
             needs, employers should care for the well being of
             their employees as it will be a bonus towards
             motivating them to be able to actualise the set goals
             and objectives of the organisation.

             Key words: socio-emotional, unemployment,
             organizational support, employee




*
    ss.babalola@mail.ui.edu.ng ; ssbabalola@yahoo.com




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Ife PsychologIA, Vol. 18(1), March, 2010




INTRODUCTION
        No organisation can survive without employees. In the
same vein, employees‘ survival depends on organisational
existence. Organisatio
				
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Description: This study examined the influence of length of unemployment and perceived organisational support on employee's socio-emotional needs. Two hundred participating employees for this study were from Petroleum servicing companies in South Western Nigeria. One hundred and fourteen (57%) of the subjects were males while eighty-six (43%) were females. The subjects' age ranges from 18 to 58 years with a mean age of 33.61. Using standardised measures, four hypotheses were tested and analysed on a 2 x 2 ANOVA. The result obtained showed significant main effects of length of unemployment and perceived organisational support on socio-emotional needs; [F (194, 1) = 9.40; P .05). Finally, based on the findings of this research, it was recommended that since perceived organisational support has been revealed to increase employees socio-emotional needs, employers should care for the well being of their employees as it will be a bonus towards motivating them to be able to actualise the set goals and objectives of the organisation. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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