Vivien Anna Ugba 1 ; Kalu Emmanuel Agbaeze 2 ; Victor Utor 3

Article Id - IJM_12_01_096, Pages : 1099-1114, Date of Publication : 27, January 2021

DOI: 10.34218/IJM.12.1.2021.096   13 Downloads   90 Views   Citation
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This paper studied workplace flexibility and performance among medical employees of teaching hospitals in Nigeria. The study focused on North Central Nigeria. It discussed the need to elicit higher performance in medical employees that is patients’ focused and ensures the safety of patients by way of having control over their jobs. The study employed a survey design, using a sample of 373 medical employees of six teaching hospitals in North Central Nigeria. A questionnaire using a 5-point Likert type scale was used for data collection and data analysis was conducted using Regression with the aid of SPSS version 23.The study found that compact working week and flexible career path as dimensions of Workplace flexibility had significant positive relationship with patient focus and patient safety respectively. Overall, the study demonstrated that workplace flexibility significantly influences performance of medical employees. Many previous studies that examined workplace flexibility and performance focused on other sectors beside healthcare. This study contributes to the existing debates by focusing on healthcare employees in Nigeria. Through the findings, the results can be applicable to the healthcare sector suggesting the important role of workplace flexibility among healthcare professionals. The study validates and strengthens the view that health systems studies are emerging as factual interdisciplinary fields of investigation where ideas from several and divergent viewpoints are combined into conceptual frameworks to address healthcare problems. It further contributes to expanding knowledge on the consequence of employee support through the use of flexible practices in the work place to boost the commitment of medical employees and subsequently, their performance in terms of commitment to safety and patient centred care. The study further reinforcesand validates the Attribution theory and its significance to flexibility studies and made recommendations to help manage employees in the healthcare sector for optimal performance. This study closes the research gap with similar researches on performance improvement among employees in healthcare organisations in developing countries.


Workplace Flexibility, Performance, Medical Employees, Teaching Hospitals

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Vivien Anna Ugba, Kalu Emmanuel Agbaeze and Victor Utor, Workplace Flexibility and Performance of Medical Employees: A Study of Teaching Hospitals in North-Central, Nigeria, International Journal of Management, 12(1), 2021, pp. 1099-1114. doi: 10.34218/IJM.12.1.2021.096


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Dr. Anu Antony - Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Kristu Jyoti College of Management and Technology, Kerala, India

Mr. Venkata Naga Satya Surendra Chimakurthi - Solutions Architect, Cognizant Technology Solutions, USA

Dr. V. Suresh Kumar - Head & Asst. Professor, Research Department of Business Administration, Rajah Serfoji Govt. College (Autonomous), Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India.

Dr. Madhavi Madireddy - Professor in Management and Director, Aurora’s PG College, Ramanthapur, Hyderabad, India

Dr. Subramanian Shanmugam - Associate Professor, Department of Commerce & Business Studies, School of Management, Central University of South Bihar, India

Prof. Suneetha. Naisa - Associate Professor, Department of M.B.A, Pulla Reddy Institute of Computer Science, Telangana, India

Dr. Dr. K. Abdus Samad - Jamal Institute of Management, Trichy, Tamilnadu, India

Dr. T. Snekalatha - Professor and Head, Department of Commerce Accounting and Taxation, Dr. N.G.P Arts and Science college, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Dr. B.Jeeva Rekha - Assistant Professor, PG and Research Department of Commerce, Sri Vasavi College, Erode, Tamilnadu, India

Dr. S.S. Onyx Nathanael Nirmal Raj - Assistant Professor & Research Supervisor, Department of Business Administration, VELS UNIVERSITY, Pallavaram, Chennai, India

Dr. K.M. Chinnadorai - Principal, Kamban College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Mrs. D.Shalini - Assistant Professor, RVS Institute of Management Studies, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India

Dr. Vikram Mohanlal Agrawal - Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering Department, B & B Institute of Technology (SFI), Gujarat, India

Mr. Leelakumar Raja Lekkala - Senior Data Analyst (Grade 28) (Remote) – CHART ANALYTICS, Optum Services Inc, Minnetonka, MN, USA

Reviewer Board

Dr. N.Shani - Professor, Department of Business Administration, Nehru arts and science college, Coimbatore, India

Dr. T. Manvel Raj - Mohamed Sathak A.J.College of Engineering, India

Dr. Dhanuraj - Management Consultant, India

Prof. Sanobar Anjum - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia

Er. Deepika Ttiwari - Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Er. Gajendra Naidu.J - ATMA, India

Dr. S.Saiganesh - Dayananda Sagar Business School, India

Dr. Bamrara.A - HNB Garhwal University, India

Dr. N.Shani - Professor, Department of Business Administration, Nehru arts and science college, Coimbatore, India

Dr. T. Manvel Raj - Mohamed Sathak A.J.College of Engineering, India

Dr. Dhanuraj - Management Consultant, India

Prof. Sanobar Anjum - Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Deepika Ttiwari - Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Dr. Gajendra Naidu.J - ATMA, India

Dr. S.Saiganesh - Dayananda Sagar Business School, India

Dr. Bamrara.A - HNB Garhwal University, India

Dr. Hari Sundar.G. Ram - Sree Narayana Gurukulam College of Engineering, India

Dr. Anshul Gangele - Institute of Technology & Management, India

Dr. Davinder Sharma - BCIPS, India

Prof. Srinivas K T - CIMS - B School, India

Dr. B.Ravi Kumar - Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College, India

Dr. Rajesh U Kanthe - BVDU, India

Dr. Swaranjeet Arora - Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore, India

Dr. A.Selvaraj - Gobi Arts and Science College,Tamilnadu, India

Dr. M.A.Lahori - Anekant Institute of Management Studies, Baramati, Pune, India

Dr. V. Antony Joe Raja - Prince Group of Companies, Chennai, India

Prof. Shraddha Chowdhary - Kasturba Gandhi College for Women, Secunderabad, India

Dr. Sivanesan R - St.Jerome's College of Arts and Science,Tamilnadu, India

Prof. Shraddha Mayuresh Bhome - Future Institute Of Engineering and Management and Future Business School, India

Dr. V.Rama Devi - Sikkim Central University, Sikkim, India

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