Document Type : Research Article



Quite expansive works have been undertaken to gauge incessant spate of violence at workplace
particularly as it relates to general job performance; not much have been done in the case of nonacademic
staff of Nigerian Universities. Furthermore, while work-related violence has been
thought to associate with burnout and negative job behavior, there have been growing concerns
among organizations to be preoccupied with economic gains rather than the long-term human
impacts of their decisions. The purpose of the study is to explore how workplace violence
(WKPLV) through occupational stress (OCPST) affects staff performance (STAFP) of nonacademic
employees of federal universities in Nigeria. The population of the study totaled
13873, comprises 8045 (senior) and 5828 (junior) non-academic staff of federal universities.
Research approach involved Quasi-Experimental Design and sample size of 389 randomly
determined; Multiple Regression and Structural Equation Modeling deployed as analytical tools;
Reliability was affirmed at: WKPLV (0.975); STAFP (0.987); and OCPST (0.985). The
regression result, juxtaposed by sample response showed evident of significant but negative
relationship between WKPLV and STAFP. There are strong statistical underpinnings that
occupational stress mediates the effects of WKPLV on performance.. We propose that
management of universities in act proactively by bracing up plans to investigate factors that
precipitate violence at work and checkmating them so as to minimize their stress-induced effects
on performance. Research implications, study originality and research limitations are discussed.