n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - A psychological appraisal of perceived organizational politics in selected profit and non-profit organizations in Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1117-1421



This study explored employees' reactions to perceived organizational politics and its effect on career satisfaction. A simple random sampling technique was used to select three hundred (300) participants (M=151; F=149) from both profit and non-profit organizations in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria. Data for the study were collected using Perception of Organizational Politics Scale (POPS) and Career Satisfaction Scale (CSS). The data were analyzed using Pearson correlation, t-test and linear regression analysis. The results revealed that perceived organizational politics correlated negatively with career satisfaction and this implies that the higher the perceived organizational politics, the lower employees' career satisfaction. Furthermore, profit organizations experience higher organizational politics compared to non-profit making organizations and female employees perceived significantly higher organizational politics than their male counterparts. Finally, perceived organizational politics accounted for 10% variance in career satisfaction. The implications of these findings substantiate the importance of minimizing political behaviour in organizations and promoting merit at work in order to improve employees' work outcomes, sustain greater commitment and career satisfaction.

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