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ERIC Number: ED449432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 18
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College Students' Integration of Education and Employment: Perceived Intrusion of Personal Problems in the Workplace.
Chavous, Dawn; Chambliss, Catherine
In this study students' perceptions of the workplace were analyzed to see how personal problems affected work ability. It was hypothesized that personal problems negatively affect students' ability to complete various types of tasks at work. It was also hypothesized that regardless of their attitudes toward the work environment, the more introverted students would be less comfortable in sharing personal problems than extraverted students. A questionnaire was administered to 100 students enrolled in an introductory psychology class to assess their work ability during periods of personal problems; comfort level regarding work environment and co-workers; and measurements of extraversion taken from the Eysenck Personality Inventory Scale. Most respondents (84%) reported feeling forced to ignore personal issues while at work, but the majority (88%) felt this to be a reasonable expectation. Nearly half (40%) reported that ignoring personal problems at work helped them feel better. Introverts were more likely to stay late to finish work than extraverts. Regardless of the type of work environment, stress and problems in their personal lives were found to affect work performance. Co-workers and employers need to be sensitive to situations that may arise outside the work environment for the college students whom they employ. (Contains 27 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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