Problems And Prospects Of Married Female Office Managers In Business Organization (A Case Study Of Nigerian Industrial Development Bank)
This study focuses on the problems and prospects of married female office managers in business organizations. The population consisted of thirty (30) office managers in various selected organization. In these organizations 30 respondent were used for analysis.
The questionnaire was the instant used for data collection. A mean distribution table was used to analyze the data collected. The data collected should that married female office managers faced the problem of combining official duties with domestic responsibilities and the problem of sexual harassment by their bosses, amongst others.
In the cause of the above findings recommended were made based on the research findings which revolved around creating a cordial working relationship between the office managers and his/her boss, colleagues and subordinates.
Finally, it was recommended that married female office managers should not be distracted by family affairs.
She should develop an act of mechanism which concentrates her on the work as soon as she enters the office and should not let domestic affairs to intrude.
1.1 Background To The Study
This topic intends to look into the problem and prospects of married female office manager do not accomplish or complete favorable with their single counterparts in business organization.
Many think that married female office manager are official wives to their bosses are more or less being misused by men subjective thinking. Married female office manager have chances of advancement to higher position in their organization. They perform creditably well when compared with their unmarried counterparts.
They are trained professional office managers and can use the experience and training to the best advantages when attending to visitors, directing subordinators or relating to colleagues in the business organization they also maintain very good relationships with bosses.
Who Is An Office Manager
An office manager is a staff or executive responsible for the smooth operation of day-to-day business of the company. Here also make it possible for other people to functions effectively and efficiently, he works closely with company partners, owners or president to meet there companies set objectives. Office manager perform the following functions:-
Photocopying document, searching for information, retrieving information, arranging meetings, maintaining financial record, preparing out going mails, accommodating costumers, composing letters and memorandum, maintaining files and data bases to maintain but a few.
With all the above listed duties or functions of an office manager many people begin to doubt the possibility of married female office manager adapt to the situation. A married female office manager faces with two things which are her marital responsibility and office work. In the domestic the married office manager must additional take care of the house or her house and fulfill her marital obligation.
She have to give full service or take care of her children and husband. Given the amount of domestic responsibility of a problem of combining the services of her boss and services to her family. An office manager might be required to travel with her boss for conferences and board meetings, but when the married female office manager is involved, some problems are encountered as it is not easy for her to have her family being, as she travels with the boss and leaving the office at the peak time.
According to Njoku C.U and Nwosu A.N. (2010) some of the problems encountered by married female office manager may be inherited in todays office while some include those emanating from her boss, visitors and other staff of organizations.
Those problems inherited in today’s office may be the nature of the work. A honest married female office manager will find it very difficult to cope with the challenges of the office work more especially when it comes to traveling with her boss. And again during pregnancy she is most likely to find it difficult to carryout her responsibilities. Given all these responsibilities, a married female office manager in a chosen business organization has a number of problems to encounter.
Married female office manager are misused and underutilized. They are been given jobs that normally meant for their inferiors or subordinates they are not motivated and again they are not regularly promoted and at the same time not rewarded by their employers. They are not provided with adequate equipment therefore, this research probes into the causes of this problem.
1.2 Statement Of The Problem
In the search for identifying the duties of married female office managers, it was discovered that they are faced with numerous problems. To be able to put in outs time in the practice of the profession. The married female office manager has the problem of combining office service and that of the domestic services.
Besides, they are being provided with a poor equipment by the management which result to their inefficiency and low productivity. Above all the married female office manager are not properly motivated. It is in the process of contributing to the solving of these problem that the writer has divided to find solution that can help future researchers.
Every organizations needs the services of competent office manager that can represent them internally and externally and that can maintain their image. It is in order to achieve this objective that this researcher was carried out so as to identify the problems encountered by married female office manager and at the same time find likely solutions to the problems.
1.3 Objective Of The Study
The main objective of carrying out this research is to achieve the following objectives
- To identify the causes of occupational problems affecting married female office managers.
- To highlight the problems confronting married female office managers in selected organizations.
- To examine the prospects of married female office managers.
- To recommend ways and means of motivating married female office managers.
1.4 Research Questions
This study answers the following question.
- What are the regular causes of problems for married female office manager?
- Are married female office managers sexually harassed and underutilized by their bosses?
- Do they give more attention to their personal or domestic responsibilities than their official duties?
- Can married female office managers be rewarded like their unmarried counterparts?
1.5 Significance Of The Study
Married female office managers are of tremendous importance to the organization. This study is important to organizations and individuals in order to:
- Highlight the problems of married female office managers and the causes of such problems.
- To make likely suggestions for lasting solution to the problems confronting married female office managers.
- To find the prospects of married female office managers in selected organization.
- Finally, this study acts as a corner-stone for future researcher on the subject matters.
1.6 Scope Of Study
The scope of this study will be within the confines of the stated objective. Because of this reason, this work covers very far selected business organization. The major constraints faced by the researcher were time and funds. The time for completing and submission was not all that sufficient.
Finance was another limiting factor as the researcher could not afford or raise sufficient funds and uncompromising attitude of respondents. Some were not co-operative enough.
Summary Of Finding, Conclusion And Recommendation
This chapter presented a restatement of the problem, summary of the findings, conclusion and recommendation. It also contains implication and suggestion areas for further research.
Restatement Of The Problem
In the search for identifying the duties of married female office managers, it was discovered that they are faced with numerous problem. To be able to put in one’s time in the practice of profession. The married female office manager has the problem of combining office service and that of the domestic services. Besides, they are being provided with a poor equipment by the management which results to their inefficiency and how productivity. Above all the married female office managers are not properly motivated . it is in the process of contributing to the solving of these problem that the writer has divided to find solution that can be help future researcher.
Every organization need the services of competent office manager that can represent them internally and externally and that can maintain their image. It is in order to achieve the objectives that this research was carried out and at the same time proffer likely solution to the problems.
Summary Of Finding
It was observed that married female office managers encountered many problems affecting her in carrying out her duties/responsibilities. Some of the occupational problems is when married female office manager is called boss official wives and also their husband resent their wives staying late in office.
Also unmarried female office managers are being promoted faster than the married one and this poses problems with them when they were reduced/abuse to a mere waiter. When such thing happens, the office manager (married female) will be bias and fell uncomfortable to do her job.
Furthermore, for an office manager to be termed prospective, it means that she has attained to a higher level in the cadre of office managership. And what makes he a prospective office manager is the kind of training she received, how she has been utilize by the organization.
Finally, the finding revealed that no motivation affects the married female office manager’s performance. But when someone is motivated through sending her to a course perform appraisal for her. It will motivate her to discharge her duties effecting no matter the condition.
The following conclusion were drawn based on the summary.
- A married female office manager should combine both domestic work and official work for it shows the degree and depth of interest she has for both and is a good determinant of her performance.
- Boss threatening to terminates married female office managers appointment because of her refusal to have sex with him is the major problem confronting married female office managers as it deprive her promotion.
- Training and performance appraisal is a motivating factor that encourage married female office manager to work even beyond closing hour.
- The married female office managers should not be distracted by family affairs. She has to develop Act-off mechanism which concentrates her mind on the work as soon as she is in the office and not allow domestic affairs to be an intruder. Her private life must be separated completely from her official activities.
- She must be able to plan her lift in a way that neither her work no her family should suffer. She must make sure that her interest must not supersede the other.
- Managers at business organizations should endeavor to motivate married female office managers by providing them with good and modern equipments. They should make them have a sense of belonging by sending them on training and also by promoting them. Not to regard them as services staff.
Limitations Of The Study
Considering the dearth of textbook and reading materials in our environment, with its attendant consequences, coupled with the time limit for the completion and submission of the results of this study, the researcher was unable to exhaustively search for all the relevant materials. Distribution and retrieval of questionnaire were done with great difficulty and the delay by the respondent did not help matters.
These were indeed the research handicap not to mention the financial constraints. Therefore, the work is limited the data made available to the researcher and it is hoped that the quality and excellence at the study will be judged against the backdrop of these limitations.
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