A study of the relationship between job satisfaction and stress at the government press in Kenya
Human resource management is concerned with management of an organization’s most valued assets – people, who work individually and collectively to contribute to the achievement of the organizations objectives. The nature of work in an organization can lead to stress among its employees. Stress is an adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure placed on them from extraordinary demands, constraints or opportunities. On the other hand job satisfaction is more of an attitude and an internal state and it is associated with a personal feeling of achievement. The study sought to determine the relationship between job satisfaction and stress among employees of the Government Press. From the study it was found that there was stress among staff at the department because of: poor deployment of human resource, routine work, poor relationship between employees resulting from gossip, nepotism, job ambiguity, poor relations at work, use of grapevine, poor communication, inappropriate working tools, unfairness in promotion, financial and social problems. It was also established that stress affected job satisfaction in the department. It is recommended from the study that the department needs to look at the factors that affect job satisfaction, particularly the need for existence of good relations between all employees, review jobs and carry out a job satisfaction survey to determine how some issues will be addressed. The department needs to urgently address issues such as lack of good quality of working life, over/under promoting employees, attention to employees individual needs, develop policies that take into account personal responsibilities of employees, provide feedback on performance, set achievable targets, as means of maintaining and retaining staff which eventually contribute to job satisfaction and manageable stress.