Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Effect of psychosocial factors on organisational citizenship behaviour among graduate employees in Nigeria
Issue: Vol. 12, No 1, 2019
Published date: 03-2019 (print) / 03-2019 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: John K. Aderibigbe
University of Fort Hare

Emmanuel E. Nwokolo
University of Fort Hare

Olugbenga J. Oluwole
University of Fort Hare
Keywords: emotional intelligence, graduate employee, job position, marital status, organisational citizenship behavior, psychological capital, Nigeria
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2019/12-1/9
Index PUBMS: b9eb4fa3-5d4d-11e9-8b68-fa163e6feac6
Language: English
Pages: 155-176 (22)
JEL classification: J24, M54

The study investigated the effect of psychosocial factors on organisational citizenship behaviour among some graduate employees in Nigeria, using the positivist explanatory cross-sectional research design, and a structured and validated questionnaire to systematically sample opinions of 1,532 male and female graduate employees across the various sectors of the nation’s economy. The results of the statistical analysis of data collected showed that graduate employees in senior job positions expressed a significant higher level of organisational citizenship behaviour than their counterparts in junior job positions (t = 3.343, df (1530) p <.01); there is a significant interaction effect of single, married, divorce and widow/widower on organisational citizenship behaviour F (3, 1528) = 3.33; P<.05; there was a significant positive relationship between psychological capital and organisational citizenship behaviour (r = 0.588, p<0.01); there was a significant positive relationship between emotional intelligence and organisational citizenship behaviour (r = 0.473, p<0.01); there was a significant positive relationship between psychological capital and emotional intelligence (r = 0.493, p<0.01). The study recommended that human resource managers should constantly facilitate seminar programmes and training schemes where employees could be more oriented on the importance of organisational citizenship behaviour, and learn to develop psychological capital and emotional intelligence.


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