The Impact of Job Stress on Deviant Workplace Behaviour: A Study of Operational Level Employees of Comfort Apparel Solutions Company in Sri Lanka

H. Michelle S. V. Silva, R. M. I. D. Ranasinghe


Although the direct effect of job stress on deviant workplace behavior is well documented, previous theoretical explanations and empirical findings of the relationship has been inconsistent. Thereby, drawing on General Strain Theory the current study attempts to examine the effect of job stress on deviant workplace behavior by exploring the dimensions of job stress effect of work overload, role conflicts and role ambiguity. The study was quantitative and a cross-sectional survey design was followed. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire. Convenience sampling technique was applied to select the sample, and the final sample consisted of 200 operational level workers from Comfort Apparel Company in Sri Lanka. It was found that job stress is significantly impact on deviant workplace behavior. Further, work overload, role conflict and role ambiguity are found positive significant relationship with deviant workplace behavior. Nevertheless among the dimensions of job stress, work overload and role conflict are identified as dimensions which have significant impact on deviant workplace behavior, exempt role ambiguity. Finally, it is concluded that though role ambiguity causes to Deviant workplace behavior it has insignificant impact on deviant workplace behavior and work overload and role conflict have made significant impact on deviant work place of operational level employees of Comfort Apparel Solutions Company in Sri Lanka. The study concludes that job stressors must be considered when employees are performing deviant workplace behavior. It is suggested that managers and practitioners establish culture which free from job stressors to eliminate workplace deviance.

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