Psychological Availability, Psychological Safety and Optimism as Predictors of Innovative Behavior among Workers

Psychological Availability, Psychological Safety and Optimism as Predictors of Innovative Behavior among Workers

Okeke, Afamefefuna, O.1, Eze Christian N. 2, Oguegbe, T M. 3, Ogbonnaya, Chisom E. 4

1Department of Psychological Medicine,Ebonyi State University, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
2Department of Psychological medicine Ebonyi State University Abakaliki
3Department of Psychology Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
4Department of Psychology Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ebonyi State

Psychiatric Research and Reviews1

The study examined psychological availability, psychological safety and optimism as predictors of innovative behavior at work among administrative staff of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA). A total of 120 workers comprising of 82 males and 38 females were used for the study with the mean age of 32.5, standard deviation of 11.2 and age range of 19-60. The participants were selected through multi stage sampling technique, Comprising of randomization and convenience sampling technique. The study made use of four instruments namely Psychological availability scale by Doglass (2004), psychological safety scale by Brown & Leigh, (1996), Life Orientation Test (LOT) developed by Scheier and carva (1985) to measure optimism and Innovative Work behavior Scale by Kleysen and Street (2001). The design for this study was a cross sectional survey design and hierarchical multiple regression was used for data analysis. The study tested three alternate hypotheses. Findings indicated that Psychological availability significantly predicted innovative behavior at work at β=.19.p< 0.01 which accepted hypothesis one. Psychological safety significantly predict innovative behavior at work at β=13,p<0.01 therefore accepting hypothesis two. Findings also indicated that optimism did predict work innovative behavior at β=.06,p< 0.01 thereby accepting hypothesis three. Hence, findings were discussed and it was recommended that health practitioners and professionals should ensure the buildup of physical, emotional and cognitive resources in their workers to ensure optimal performance in the work place that is effective and efficient for productivity.

Keywords: Psychological availability, Psychological safety, Optimism, Innovative behavior.

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Okeke, Afamefefuna, O., Eze Christian N., Oguegbe, T M., Ogbonnaya, Chisom E.Psychological Availability, Psychological Safety and Optimism as Predictors of Innovative Behavior among Workers. International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews, 2019, 2:16. DOI: 10.28933/ijprr-2019-06-0305


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