Date of Conferral

2022

Degree

Ph.D.

School

Management

Advisor

LaBrina M. Jones

Abstract

Rotational workers in the Nigerian oil and gas industry otherwise referred to as the energy sector, are confronted with challenges and stresses of work-life balance (WLB). Using boundary theory, 15 oil and gas workers with more than 5 years of rotational work experience were recruited to examine the strategies they employed to deal with the stresses and work-life balance required for the social well-being of the workers, which translates to improved job performance in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. The research question was designed to explore the lived experiences of rotational workers with more than 5 years in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria to maintaining WLB. This was a hermeneutic phenomenological design looking at the stresses and strategies on work-life balance experienced by oil and gas workers. Data collection occurred through snowballing, telephone interviews, field notes, personal reflections, and document reviews. Data analysis included thematic analysis member checking and hand-coding. The emerging themes were flexible schedule and agility, self-esteem and self-gratification, adaptation to personal spirituality, formulation of a personal developmental agenda and patience, personal discipline and self-determination, personal fitness and hygiene, promoting healthy family coexistence and workplace contentment, and family support and synergy. Recommendations included work-family time Flexi, employee physical and mental exercise alignment, and inclusion of study findings in the training manual. The implications of positive social change include employee job satisfaction, improving family and work balance among employees, family synergy and coexistence, and sustainability of the workplace.

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