The Impact of Organisational Politics on Employee performance in UK Based Organisations

Riaz, Muhammad Awais (2022) The Impact of Organisational Politics on Employee performance in UK Based Organisations. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

The purpose of the research is to investigate and analyse the impact of workplace politics on employee performance. The objectives of the research were to understand the nature of workplace politics influencing employee performance and critically investigating the impact of workplace politics on employee performance in UK based organisations. Finally, the last objective was to provide recommendations to organisational managers to develop appropriate strategies to achieve favourable outcomes of workplace politics. The methodology implemented to carry out the research comprised of the abductive approach and the worldview maintained by the researcher was pragmatism. Using the mixed methods to data collection, both quantitative and qualitative methods were followed to collect data. The quantitative method involved surveying the employees of the chosen organisations using structured, closed-ended questionnaires as the instrument. The questionnaires were mainly built upon the five-point Likert scale and the survey was conducted online. On the other hand, the quantitative method involved interviewing the managers of the same organisations using semi-structured, open-ended questions. Findings indicate that the presence of organisational politics is usually perceived by employees as negative and therefore its impact is detrimental in terms of employee behaviour. It reduces the extent of employees’ commitment towards the organisational goals, citizenship behaviour and daily work performance. A highly politicised work environment is also characterised with the presence of Machiavellians who are self-centred, maintain hidden agendas and take unfair advantage of others to fulfil their personal goals. Politicised environment also gives birth to an influential group, promotes lack of transparency in performance appraisals and rewards. However, managerial views indicate that employees led by dynamic leaders are less likely to develop a negative perception of politics. Based on the findings obtained from the empirical studies and gaps identified, suitable recommendations are given to the organisational managers to develop effective strategies to overcome the negative impact of politics.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: organisational politics, employee performance, uk
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Muhammad Awais Riaz
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2022 09:38
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2022 09:56
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1883

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