Stress happens in workplaces and it arises at different levels. Job stress is becoming an alarming situation in the workplace. This study is aimed at determining job stress variables that affect employee performance. It also determine the relationship between job stress and employee performance. To achieve this objective, the study was conducted to Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in Al-Bahja Center to 65 respondents. The study employed the descriptive research design using the survey questionnaires as its instruments and utilized the purposive sampling to obtain the sample. Originally. Questionnaires were distributed to 80 respondents but only 65 questionnaires were retrieved and analyzed. Highlights of the findings indicated that, there is significant relationship between job stress and employee performance with r=0.955. When analyzed the independent variables individually using regression analysis, results revealed that both independent variables: underutilization of skills and work overload significantly correlates to employee performance with p-values 0.000 (p=0.000<0.05) and 0.033 (p=0.033<0.05 respective which were lower than 0.05 level of confidence while there was no significant relationship between role ambiguity (p=0.324>0.05) and employee performance. Based on these findings, it can be recommended that the company should consider underutilization of skills and work overload as predictors of employee performance. The company should put consideration on developing the skills of the employees and tapping their potentials. The Human Resource Department may conduct as appropriate skills inventory to identify talents and potentials of employees with proper motivation as well as revisit their policies on promotion. However, it also recommended that further studies can be conducted to consider larger sample, scope and more variables as appropriate to arrive at more reflective results.
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