n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Sport and recreation officers' perceptions of organisational support and deviant workplace behaviours in Gauteng Province, South Africa management and governance - : sport management and governance

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Research initiatives have primarily analysed the relationship between organisational support with various constructs, inter-alia job satisfaction, organisational commitment, job discretion, job attitude, organisational politics and turnover intentions. Whilst these studies are noteworthy, research on organisational support and workplace deviant behaviour relationships have been limited and scarcely found in literature especially within sport domains. This study examines the relationship between organisational support and workplace deviant behaviours. A quantitative study was used to analyse data from 152 sport and recreation officers in the Gauteng Province, South Africa. High levels of organisational support seem to be negatively associated with workplace deviant behaviour. Overall, it appears that employees with higher levels of perceived organisational support are likely to engage in pro-social behaviour rather than anti-social deviant behaviours. A high level of perceived organisational support may assist to restore the balance between the benefits awarded by an organisation and the contributions of employees. Therefore, when employees perceive a high level of organisational support, employees show greater propensity to disengage in workplace deviant behaviours.

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