Original Research

Organisational politics on job satisfaction: An empirical study of police officials in a selected police service station

Wiza Munyeka, Sam T. Setati
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 10, No 1 | a552 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v10i1.552 | © 2022 Wiza Munyeka, Sam T. Setati | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 March 2021 | Published: 12 January 2022

About the author(s)

Wiza Munyeka, Department of Human Resource Management and Labour Relations, Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Sam T. Setati, Department of Business Management, Faculty of Management Sciences and Law, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa


Background: The phenomenon of organisational politics is widely recognised in organisations, and it can have a significant impact on job satisfaction. A negative organisational variable, organisational politics alters the organisational environment, culture and behaviour. The study of organisational politics is proliferating and is now a popular research topic. In terms of job satisfaction, this can be divided into two different categories: hygiene and motivation. The purpose of this study is to explore how organisational politics affect motivational and hygiene factors in relation to job satisfaction.

Aim: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between organisational politics and job satisfaction amongst police officials in a selected South African police service station in the Limpopo province.

Setting: An empirical investigation was undertaken using a sample of 114 police officers drawn using the random sampling technique.

Methods: A quantitative methodology, using self-administered surveys consisted of the Perception of Politics Scale (POPS) and Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (JSQ) was employed to collect data. The data were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), version 24. Inferential statistics in the form of Pearson correlation analysis was used to test for relationships between the independent variable (organisational politics) and the dependant variable (job satisfaction).

Results: The findings of the study revealed that organisational politics has a significant negative relationship with job satisfaction.

Conclusion: It is recommended that police management should attempt to deal with perceptions of organisational politics and job satisfaction adequately.


job satisfaction; Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (JSQ); organisational politics; Perception of Politics Scale (POPS); South African police services


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