SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 1, 2016

An Evaluation of the Positive Emotional Experiences Scale: A Preliminary Analysis
IntroductionThe positive psychological movementWith the development of the positive psychology movement, businesses have become more aware of the advantages thereof and the necessity to nurture positive organisational behaviour (Luthans, 2002; Meyers,...
An Investigation into the Factor Structure of the Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-Being
IntroductionAlthough there has been a lot of debate concerning the essence of a well-lived life, much of this research has focussed on illness rather than health (Ryff & Singer, 1998, 2008). Scholars have only recently (see Nelson & Simmons,...
Antecedents of Perceived Graduate Employability: A Study of Student Volunteers in a Community-Based Organisation
IntroductionThe phenomenon of unemployed graduates, who are without the abilities to self-employ and self-determine, after spending three to four years of post-secondary education is an indication to all of us of the challenge in our education at a tertiary...
Authentic Leadership and Organisational Citizenship Behaviour in the Public Health Care Sector: The Role of Workplace Trust
IntroductionOne of the National Development Plan's (NDP) goals is to strengthen the South African health system by optimising human capital, improving quality care and enhancing effective leadership (National Planning Commission [NPC], 2011). The achievement...
Best Practice Guidelines for the Use of the Assessment Centre Method in South Africa (5Th Edition)
PurposeThe fifth edition of Assessment Centre Guidelines for South Africa was compiled by a Taskforce under the auspices of the Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) of South Africa in 2015 (see Appendix 1). The purpose of this document is to establish...
Bias and Equivalence of the Strengths Use and Deficit Correction Questionnaire
IntroductionTraditionally, organisations were almost exclusively concerned with those aspects of employees and their work that need to be improved upon. During this time, organisations were mainly focused on the development of employees' weaknesses or...
Conceptualising the Professional Identity of Industrial or Organisational Psychologists within the South African Context
IntroductionIndustrial and organisational psychology (IOP)1 as a unique, stand-alone professional discipline, with a clearly articulated and collectively accepted value proposition (Coetzee & Van Zyl, 2014a), has been plagued with questions as to...
Emerging Models of Power among South African Women Business Leaders
IntroductionWomen remain under-represented in South African corporate leadership along with the rest of the world, despite legislation promoting gender equity (Mall, 2015).The stunted efforts to address this challenge reflect the need to review the ideologies...
Enhancing the Well-Being of Support Services Staff in Higher Education: The Power of Appreciation
IntroductionHigher education institutions (HEIs) play an important role in the ongoing transformation of society in South Africa, and as such, they present an interesting context for studying matters of well-being (Field & Buitendach, 2011). Research...
Exploring the Impact of Information and Communication Technology on Employees' Work and Personal Lives
IntroductionThe world changed drastically in the past few decades with a large majority of these changes due to the increased infiltration of technology in society. This alters the way individuals think, interact, and complete their tasks (Marius, 2012)....
Exploring the Notion of a 'Capability for Uncertainty' and the Implications for Leader Development
IntroductionTo facilitate the development of leaders, with the specific purpose of increasing their effectiveness in times of increasing organisational uncertainty, research is required to understand what a capability for uncertainty is - and what specific...
How Can Work Be Designed to Be Intrinsically Rewarding? Qualitative Insights from South African Non-Profit Employees
IntroductionIn order to improve the strength of an organisation's value exchange for its employees, organisations should develop reward systems that emphasise both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards (Calvert & Stiles, 2010). Extrinsic rewards are tangible,...
Impression Management within the Zulu Culture: Exploring Tactics in the Work Context
IntroductionThe social identity theory states that individuals tend to categorise themselves into social groups, pertaining to aspects such as their workplace (organisations), culture, religion and/or gender (Hogg & Terry, 2001; Jenkins, 2014; Trepte,...
Indian Husbands' Support of Their Wives' Upward Mobility in Corporate South Africa: Wives' Perspectives
IntroductionThe career aspirations of women worldwide gave rise to the increasing prevalence of dual-career couples who are required to constantly navigate between their personal and professional lives (Abele & Volmer, 2011; Tengimfene, 2009). Although...
Measuring and Optimising Employee Engagement in Africanised Multi-Culturally Diverse Contexts
Measuring and optimising employee engagement in Africanised multi-culturally diverse contextsBook Title: Employee engagement in a South African context Authors: Hester Nienaber Nico Martins ISBN: 978-1-86922-542-1 Publisher: KR Publishing, Randburg,...
Personal Growth Initiative among Industrial Psychology Students in a Higher Education Institution in South Africa
IntroductionEmpowering employees to manage their stress and problems at work is one of the major domains of industrial and organisational (I-O) psychology practitioners. The tasks of I-O psychologists as workplace counsellors relate to nurturing well-adjusted...
Positives and Negatives: Reconceptualising Gender Attributes within the Context of the Sex Role Identity and Well-Being Literature: An Examination within the South African Context
IntroductionIn the past four decades there has been tremendous interest in and research on sex role identity (SRI) and individual and organisational well-being. However, this literature has been plagued with equivocal findings. Inconsistencies and contradictions...
See You at the Match: Motivation for Sport Consumption and Intrinsic Psychological Reward of Premier Football League Spectators in South Africa
IntroductionThe contribution of the sports industry to the global economy has evolved rapidly over the course of the last decade (Kim, 2010; Koenderman, 2013). This is reflected through a dramatic increase in financial sponsorship of sport events and...
South African Journal of Industrial Psychology: Annual Editorial Review 2016
IntroductionThe 2016 edition, volume 42, issue 1, of the South African Journal of Industrial Psychology (SAJIP) highlights a number of important contributions to the science and practice of industrial and organisational (I/O) psychology. I/O psychology...
The Effect of the Spatial Positioning of Items on the Reliability of Questionnaires Measuring Affect
IntroductionA largely unexplored area within the field of questionnaire design is the influence of the spatial positioning (layout) of items on the reliability of questionnaires. This is partly because a change in previously disparate thinking around...
The Effects of Job Crafting on Subjective Well-Being Amongst South African High School Teachers
IntroductionAmongst all occupations, teaching remains to be one of the most highly stressful (Vazi et al., 2013). Stress and burnout are prevalent problems within the teaching profession and are recognised as a global concern (Chan, 2013). Embedded within...
The Impact of a Total Reward System of Work Engagement
IntroductionWork engagement has become a critical aspect of study not only for individuals in the academic field but also for research practitioners and top management within organisations (Hewitt, 2015; May, Gilson & Harter, 2004; Schaufeli &...
The Implications of Sex Role Identity and Psychological Capital for Organisations: A South African Study
IntroductionA large body of research has been conducted which investigates the relationship between sex role identities (SRIs) of androgyny, masculinity, femininity and a number of critical organisational outcomes. In this regard it has been reported...
The Psychological Well-Being Manifesting among Master's Students in Industrial and Organisational Psychology
IntroductionIndustrial and organisational psychologists often consult to the optimisation of psychological well-being amongst individuals, groups and organisations as their clients. Effective performance in this task requires that psychologists not only...
The Psychometric Properties of a Workplace Boredom Scale (DUBS) within the South African Context
IntroductionWorkplace boredom is a persistent phenomenon that will continue to be experienced within organisations as the increase in the educational level of employees and continuous technological advancements result in automated work practices where...
The Psychometric Properties of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS) and Freiburg Mindfulness Inventory (FMI) as Measures of Mindfulness and Their Relationship with Burnout and Work Engagement
IntroductionMindfulness is central in Buddhist teachings and denotes an attentive state of perceiving mental content, that is, the individual's perceptions, sensory input, thoughts and feelings (Walach, Buchheld, Buttenmüller, Kleinknecht & Schmidt,...
The Relevance of the Psychometrist Category as a Professional Resource: Training-Related Issues
IntroductionPsychology was first recognised as a profession in South Africa in 1974. Since then, there have been various changes in the levels of professional registration and the categories defined in each level (Abel & Louw, 2009; Pretorius, 2012)....
The Role of Work-Related Needs in the Relationship between Job Crafting, Burnout and Engagement
IntroductionAccording to the person-environment fit (PE fit) theory, 'the misfit between the person and the environment may produce psychological, physiological, and behavioural strains and can take two different forms: (1) the extent to which the demands...
The Structural Validity of the Experience of Work and Life Circumstances Questionnaire (WLQ)
IntroductionPsychometric assessment serves to reach an understanding of and to describe underlying factors that drive individuals to display certain behaviours (Foxcroft & Roodt, 2013). The results from such assessments can enable psychologists to...
The Structural Validity of the Experience of Work and Life Circumstances Questionnaire (WLQ)
IntroductionPsychometric assessment serves to reach an understanding of and to describe underlying factors that drive individuals to display certain behaviours (Foxcroft & Roodt, 2013). The results from such assessments can enable psychologists to...
The Systems Psychodynamic Experiences of Organisational Transformation Amongst Support Staff
IntroductionOrganisational change and transformation has become the greatest unavoidable challenge to the modern organisation's survival (Jaques, Clement & Lessem, 2003). Unfortunately, the management of change and transformation projects fails in...
The Validation of a Workplace Incivility Scale within the South African Banking Industry
IntroductionDeviant behaviour within the workplace has received increased attention in recent years (Lim, Cortina & Magley, 2008), of which workplace bullying is one of the most well-known problems. Einarsen and Skogstad (1996) explain workplace...
Towards Engagement: A Comparison of Fan Groups in the Context of a Major South African Football Club
IntroductionThe supporter (or fan) is often classified as an important partner in the context of achieving industry growth and development in the realm of professional sport (Bing et al., 2015; Madrigal, Hamill & Gill, 2013). Fundamentally, the sport...
Two Decades of Qualitative Research in Psychology, Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Human Resource Management within South Africa: A Critical Review
IntroductionQualitative research underwent phenomenal growth in the fields of psychology (Madill & Gough, 2008) as well as management and organisational studies (Guercini, 2014; Johnson, Buehring, Cassell & Symon, 2007). Since the 1970's this...
Work-Family Conflict Based on Strain: The Most Hazardous Type of Conflict in Iranian Hospitals Nurses
IntroductionOver the past two decades, many hospitals have faced an increasing demand for health care because of the aging population (Lembrechts, Dekocker, Zanoni & Pulignano, 2015). The shortage of experienced nurses in both Western and Eastern...
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