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Values underlying perceptions of breach of the psychological contract

Leon Botha, Kgope P. Moalusi
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 36, No 1 | a817 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v36i1.817 | © 2010 Leon Botha, Kgope P. Moalusi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 February 2009 | Published: 11 October 2010

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Leon Botha, South African Police Services, South Africa
Kgope P. Moalusi, Unisa, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: This study identifies the most prominent breaches of the psychological contract and the values underlying the perceptions that violations have occurred.

Research purpose: The study identifies the most important breaches and investigates which values underlie employee perceptions of breach of the psychological contract. It also addresses values that lead to employees interpreting incidents as breaches.

Motivation for the study: The study calls on the fact that employees make inconsequential contributions to the terms of many formal employment contracts may imply that such contracts cannot be viewed as documents between equals.

Research design, approach and method: The study identifies the most prominent breaches of the psychological contract and the values underlying the perceptions that violations have occurred.

Main findings: The data revealed lack of promotion, poor interpersonal relations between colleagues and bad treatment by seniors as three main breaches of the contract, and social recognition, world of peace and sense of accomplishment as three dominant values that underlie perceptions of contract violation.

Practical/managerial implications: The competent and intelligent manner in which lack of promotion is handled and communicated to employees is vital because it has implications for their willingness to contribute, their career prospects and their intention to stay in the organisation.

Contribution/value-add: This research can serve as the basis for the development of survey or research instruments that are appropriate and relevant to the population.


Keywords

contract breach; employee expectations; perceptions; psychological contract; values

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