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Investigating the impact of technostress on productivity and overall life satisfaction of managers working at a South African ferrochrome smelting company

Daniël J. le Roux, Petrus A. Botha
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 19 | a1649 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v19i0.1649 | © 2021 Daniël J. le Roux, Petrus A. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 April 2021 | Published: 19 August 2021

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Daniël J. le Roux, Business School, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Petrus A. Botha, Business School, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) advances such as computers, tablets, and cell phones allow for information flow like never before, both in terms of speed and volume. But, unfortunately, this has resulted in technostress.

Research purpose: To investigate the impact of technostress on the productivity and the overall life satisfaction of managers working in ferrochrome smelters.

Motivation for the study: Limited research has been conducted on technostress in a South African context. Most of the researches on technostress were conducted amongst computer professionals and Information Technology (IT) consultants and they did not focus on non-ICT specialists such as managers who are exposed to ICT as a regular part of their workday.

Research approach/design and method: This study was conducted within a quantitative paradigm using a correlational design.

Main findings: The managers experience low levels of technostress, high levels of IT-enabled productivity, and above-average life satisfaction. No practically significant differences exist for any of the research factors between males and females, whilst techno-complexity and techno-uncertainty increase with age. Technostress does not affect productivity, but a negative relationship exists between technostress and life satisfaction.

Practical/managerial implications: Techno-uncertainty and techno-complexity are present amongst older managerial employees. Techno-complexity decreases the self-reported levels of productivity. Strategies such as training and assistance to reduce the techno-complexity for older managerial employees should be considered.

Contribution/value-add: This study creates an awareness of the potential negative impact of ICT on productivity and life satisfaction. It contributes to the body of knowledge by quantifying the impact of the managers’ perceived technostress on productivity and life satisfaction.


Keywords

ferrochrome smelter; life satisfaction; managers; productivity; techno-complexity; techno-insecurity; techno-invasion; techno-overload; techno-stressors; techno-uncertainty

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