AN EMPIRICAL ASSESSMENT OF PERCEIVED SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT VALUES AMONG WORKERS IN DELTA STATE, NIGERIA
This study assessed how much sustainable development values of solidarity, respect for nature, tolerance, equality and shared responsibility are perceived in work setting, and whether difference exists in the number of employees that perceived the presence or absence of the values. The research design was correlational and data were collected with standardized scales that were presented in questionnaire form. Two hundred and one participants drawn from service organizations in Delta State, Nigeria provided the data. The sample comprises 60% males and 40% females; 70% were married and 30% were unmarried. Their age mean was 37 years (SD 10.63). Data analysis revealed significant difference in the number of employees that perceived presence and those that perceived absence of sustainable development value of solidarity, (χ2 =52.78, df = 1, < 0.05), respect for nature (χ2 =119.15, df = 1, < 0.05), tolerance, (χ2 =18.21, df = 1, < 0.05) equality. (χ2 =19.74, df = 1, < 0.05), and shared responsibility, (χ2 =39.4, df = 1, < 0.05). It was concluded that most of the participants perceived the presence of sustainable development values in their organizations. Further studies should examine the values in other settings, such as homes.
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