Quality of Life and Wellness through Sports Participation among the Staff at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

By Rugayah Hashim, Mohd Anuar Mazuki, Mustaza Ahmad and Zulkifli Baharud-din.

Published by The Sport Collection

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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

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.55-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 730.420KB).

Dr. Rugayah Hashim

Associate Professor, Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Hashim is an associate professor at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. She is an avid researcher working along the areas of MIS, e-government, and social capital.

Mohd Anuar Mazuki

Chief Deputy Bursar, Bursary, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohd Anuar Mazuki is the Chief Deputy Bursar for financial and accounting systems at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). He holds a Master of Science in Management Accounting from Oklahoma City University, OK, USA.

Mustaza Ahmad

Department Head, Sports Center, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Mustaza Ahmad is the head of Universiti Teknologi Mara’s (UiTM) Sports Center. He is actively involved in both national and international sports events hosted by the university and the Malaysian Sports Council. He holds a Master in Sports Management from the Ohio University, Athen, OH, USA.

Zulkifli Baharud-din

Deputy Dean, Student Affairs and Alumni, Faculty of Administrative Science & Policy Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Zulkifli Baharud-din is currently the Deputy Dean for students’ affairs and alumni at the Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy Studies, UiTM, Malaysia. He holds a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from Hartford University, CT, USA.