Dr Godfrey E. Ukpabio, Dr Clare Dajie Ochang, Dr Solomon Agwanyang Aniah & Nelson. N. Onwochei
This study investigated the influence of recreational resource availability on academic staff task performance in public universities in Cross River State, Nigeria. One hypothesis was formulated for the study and descriptive survey research adopted as design. The sample was 577 academic staff randomly drawn from selected departments of the two public universities in the study area. Data was gathered through questionnaire, while teaching, research and community service were the bases for measuring task performance of academic staff. One-Way Analysis of Variance and Fisher’s Least Significant Difference (LSD) multiple comparison test statistics were used in testing the hypothesis. The results revealed that recreational resource availability did not significantly influence academic staff task performance in the areas of teaching and research, but indicated positive influence on community service aspect of task performance. This means that academic staff taught and researched with or without recreational resources. However, the higher the availability of recreational resources, the higher academic staff task performance in the area of community service. It was therefore, among other things, recommended that university authorities should provide recreational resources for staff relaxation, and also create awareness on the benefits of engaging in recreational activities among academic staff for healthy living.