What is it about?

Performance management is pivotal in determining employee outcomes. Firms may face undesired consequences without an impartial and fair performance appraisal system. Considering the paucity of research regarding the impact of justice/fairness perceptions on employee outcomes, we examine the effect of performance appraisal politics on deviant work behavior and the associated role of job satisfaction in the relationship. The results confirm that performance appraisal politics become a cause of deviant work behaviors. The findings also highlight the need to design effective interventions to mitigate the adverse effects of such politics. The study provides fresh insight into the dynamics of the interplay between performance appraisal politics, job satisfaction, and deviant work behaviors.

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Why is it important?

There is a need to ascertain the role of performance appraisal politics in bringing employee deviance since much of the literature only focuses on organizational politics and human resource practices while ignoring the very context of performance appraisal. The study is intended to expand the body of knowledge regarding performance appraisal and employee deviance by testing performance appraisal politics as one of the antecedents of deviant work behavior.


The outcomes of this research study have broad implications. First, the results show that the employees affected by the perception of politics are more likely to experience reduced job satisfaction and subsequently be involved in deviant work behaviors. Second, organizations need to adopt such practices through which politics in the performance appraisal process could be restricted, and their harmful effects could be mitigated. Third, the study findings are essential for the management of the organizations for the betterment and understanding of the work environment since they can control the politics within the organization by adopting different methods proposed in the study.

Muhammad Asad
Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences

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This page is a summary of: The effect of performance appraisal politics on deviant work behavior: The mediating role of job satisfaction, Human Systems Management, October 2022, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/hsm-211565.
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