PHD STUDY FINDS THAT JOB SATISFACTION AND PERFORMANCE AMONG SAPS MEMBERS, ARE INFLUENCED BY JOB EMBEDDEDNESS
By: Nontobeko Moimane- 24 April 2023
With the country’s soaring crime prevalence, members of the South African (SAPS) often perform in stressful, demanding, and dangerous working conditions. These challenging working conditions, in turn, correlate holistically with experienced job embeddedness (JE), job satisfaction (JS) and job performance (JP).
It is the extent of staff turnover within this context which motivated Dr Ratsela Johannes Tala to investigate the influence of Job Embeddedness on Job Satisfaction and Job Performance among employees within SAPS Academies during his Doctor of Philosophies (PhD) studies.
Dr Tala was conferred a PhD in Business Management by the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) at its autumn graduations that took place at the University’s Desmond Tutu Great Hall. He was among the Faculty of Management Science’s cohort of graduates that received various qualifications in the fields of Management, Human Resources Management, Business Administration and Labour Relations.
With Professors B Grobler and C Marais as promoter and co-promoter, respectively, the quantitative descriptive survey design engaged 400 nationally selected employees at the twenty-three (23) SAPS academies.
In his study, the statistical data analysis reflected that Job Performance and Job Satisfaction are casually related via Job Embeddedness acting as a moderator. The study also emphasizes the need for management to develop a strategy to determine the on and off Job Embeddedness of employees in the SAPS academies and understand their reasons for staying in their jobs and not pursuing transfers to other departments within SAPS. “I found that most employees are comfortable and happy where they are within SAPS spheres. Matters that are ‘off’ (outside) their jobs that have adverse influences within oneself, do not affect their job performance and satisfaction”, said Dr Tala. These findings, he said, contribute significant new knowledge that can be implemented to enhance members’ Job Embeddedness, Job Satisfaction and Job Performance within SAPS academies.
Dr Tala, is an advocate and a brigadier within the SAPS, managing a police academy (college) at Hammanskraal Detective Academy in Pretoria, says he plans to co-writing research articles.
His advice to those who wish to further their studies, is that they should be disciplined and focused. “Discipline” is the ingredient for success – if you don’t have it, you will never succeed., he concluded.