Is a physically active employee a productive one? This question formed the basis for the research, that is, whether university staff who are involved in sports would perform better than their peers who lead a sedentary lifestyle. With a workforce of 5,000, the scope of the cross-sectional survey focused on just 200 Universiti Teknologi MARA’s (UiTM) staff who participated in the recent sports carnival. Questionnaires were self-administered to the units of analysis and the response rate was 95% (190/200). Although Pearson’s correlation output indicated that sports participation and work performance is not statistically significant (r=.045, p>.05), it was hypothesized that a positive relationship would exist between these two variables, that is, higher participation in sports is associated with higher work performance. Based on the empirical evidence, it is hoped that the university will revise its policy by emphasizing the need for its employees to be more physically active as the benefits gained spills over into other aspects of the individual’s life such as better quality of life and wellbeing.
|Keywords:||Sports Participation, Physical Activity, Wellness, Healthy Lifestyle, Productivity|
Associate Professor, Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Chief Deputy Bursar, Bursary, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Department Head, Sports Center, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Deputy Dean, Student Affairs and Alumni, Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia