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dc.contributor.author Shivute, Edward
dc.date.accessioned 2024-02-12T06:33:29Z
dc.date.available 2024-02-12T06:33:29Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/3770
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of master in business administration- Entrepreneurship en_US
dc.description.abstract The absence of robust health and wellness strategies in the transport sector continues to negatively impact economic growth in Namibia. Henceforth, this study evaluated the effectiveness of employee health and wellness programmes in five transport and logistics companies based in Windhoek and Walvis Bay. The study adopted a mixed exploratory sequential design entailing five (5) focus group discussions and a survey questionnaire (n= 122). Purposive and multistage sampling methods were adopted to select sample representatives, respectively. Qualitative data were analyzed through an open coding system, while quantitative data were analyzed through a Multivariance Analysis of Variance (MANOVA) test calculated in Statistical Package for the Social Sciences. The findings indicate that most companies do implement health and wellness programmes but these programmes were not effectively implementing due to lack of financial and human resources, strategic information, standard operational procedures, guiding protocols, psychosocial support systems as well as non-adherence to national health and wellness policies. Multivariate test results were associated with high blood pressure (� =.037), obesity (� =.049), and musculoskeletal issues (� =.049) with lack of knowledge and awareness of health/wellness programs. Multiple physical and mental health problems were the most prevalent conditions amongst vulnerable transport workers such as long distance truck drivers. Notwithstanding, transport workers in general experienced significant risks of infection, illness, and loss of lives, reduced business operations, loss of income, emotional stress, stigma and discrimination, exhaustion and fatigue, limited access to proper and effective health services especially due to emerging diseases such as COVID 19 and other health conditions. As such sustainable strategies such as flexible working schedules, affordable medical aid cover, exercise facilities, as well as health education and regular employee wellness screening programmes were recommended. The study also recommended for health and wellness policy framework in the transport sector and strengthening of collaborations in the design and implementation of effective health and wellness programmes. The study was however limited to the transport sector and human resource managers, operations officers, supervisors to operational staff such as truck drivers, general transport workers and executive managers; hence the results cannot be generalized to other sectors or the entire transport sector. Further studies may therefore, include other transport companies from other regions with varying volumes of transport and logistics operations to establish correlation in the implementation of aforementioned programmes as well as expand respondents to include other management cadres. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Health and wellness programmes en_US
dc.subject Transport sector en_US
dc.subject Logistics en_US
dc.subject Truck-drivers en_US
dc.title An evaluation of the effectiveness of employee health and wellness programmes in the transport sector companies in Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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