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The Types of Fear Experienced or Prevalent in the Nigerian Workplace

R. O. Dania Anthony Inegbenebor

For correspondence:-  R. Dania   Email: zaname_dania@yahoo.com

Received: September 9, 2019        Accepted: September 21, 2019        Published: September 30, 2019

Citation: Dania RO.Inegbenebor A. The Types of Fear Experienced or Prevalent in the Nigerian Workplace. Account Tax Rev 2019; 3(3):91-104 doi:

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Fear is a problem of people and its existence in the workplace could cause a lot of damage to the organisation because of failure to acknowledge its presence. This study seeks to determine the types of fear experienced by workers or prevalent in public and private Nigerian work environments. To accomplish the objectives of this study, a cross- sectional survey was deployed using questionnaires to collect data for the study. A purposive sampling technique was adopted in the selection of specific organisations in the identified sectors based on their size and selection of employees from these institutions was based on convenience sampling. A total of 400 questionnaires were distributed to employees of Tertiary Education, Health, Financial Institutions as well as the Civil Service (State and Federal) all in Benin City. Data obtained were analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. Also, descriptive statistical analysis, Chi-square, t-test, ANOVA, and Multiple regression tests were conducted at 0.05 levels of significances. The results showed that: there are different types of fear prevalent in the workplace and the most common types are fear of failure, fear of having disagreements that might lead to damaged relationships and fear of not meeting one’s expected targets; Evidence from this study revealed that fear exists in the workplace and the types of fear prevalent in the workplace are different in the public and private sector organisations. In view of our findings, we recommend that organisations can deploy the use of trust, shared vision, effective leadership and delegation of authority to reduce fear and to create win-win dynamics throughout the organisation.

Keywords: Workplace, Trust, Effective Leadership, Shared Vision

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