Affiliative Humore and Subordinate Work Attitudes of the Telecommunications Companies in Port Harcourt

  • Ukpong Uwem Johnson Faculty of Management Sciences, Akwa Ibom State University
  • Ignatius Ossai Department of Management, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt
  • Obiageri Celine Ugwonyike Department of Management, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt
Keywords: Affiliative Humour, Organizational Commitment, Subordinate work attitudes

Abstract

This study is quasi-experimental and investigated using the cross-sectional survey design, the relationship between affiliative humour and subordinate work attitudes. The data for the study is generated from 137 workers of five telecommunication firms in Port Harcourt. The study examined the effect of the one dimensions of workplace humour styles, such as affiliative humour, on the measures of subordinate work attitudes such as satisfaction. Furthermore, the study also investigated the moderating effect of organizational structure on the relationship between workplace humour styles and subordinate work attitudes in the selected firms. 2 null hypotheses were postulated to ascertain these relationships. For the bivariate associations, the Spearman’s rank order correlation was adopted in testing (at a 95% confidence interval) the extent to which the dimension of affiliative humour styles impacted on the measures of subordinate work attitudes; while for the multivariate association, the Partial correlation technique was adopted in ascertaining (also at a 95% confidence interval) the extent to which organizational structure moderated the relationship between the variables. The evidence from the analysis reveals that for all instances, the relationships are significant and therefore all stated null hypotheses were on the basis on the statistical evidence rejected. The findings of the study are that affiliative humour styles contribute significantly towards enhancing subordinate work attitudes, and also that organizational structure is a significant moderator of the relationship between the variables. Consequently, it was recommended that in order for management to effectively partner with their subordinates, it was imperative that they allowed for and encouraged the practice of humour (affiliative) within the workplace. It was also recommended that the structure of the organization be made flexible enough to allow for ease of communication and relaxed interactions between managers and their subordinates.

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Published
2020-01-07