n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Time perception among the youth and its implications for industry : an exploratory study

Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



The main objective of this exploratory study was to investigate perceived cultural differences in the perception of time among the youth and its implications for time management and productivity regardingfuture employment in industry. The study further sought to develop a reliable instrument for measuring time perception across cultures. A non-probability convenience sample (<I>N </I>= 467) was drawn from English, Afrikaans and Xhosa speaking respondents, aged 13 to 18 years. Results confirmed four factors : time allocation, time economy, time attitudes and scheduling of tasks. Significant differences between age, language and gender groups on time perception were observed. These findings have implications for time management training among the youth as well as for industry seeking employees who can perform tasks with speed and efficiency. Further refinement of the instrument in follow-up studies is essential.

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