The effect of perception of organizational politics on professionals’ engagement: the moderating role of the psychological safety climate

Keywords: perception of organizational politics, work engagement, psychological safety, multi-level


The purpose of this research was to empirically test the hypothesis that the organizational psychological safety climate and the perception of organizational politics predict the extent to which employees feel engaged in their work. Using hierarchical linear modeling and data collected from 1,244 employees in 64 organizations, organizational level psychological safety climate and employee-level perception of organizational politics predicted employee work engagement. There was also significant cross-level interaction, so that the negative effect of the perception of organizational politics was amplified in organizations with a positive psychological safety climate. In other words, organizational psychological safety benefits the work engagement of individuals more when they perceive the existence of low organizational politics. The results offer insight into the mechanisms by which the perceived organizational context may influence employees’ work engagement and highlight the importance for the perceived organizational consistency in the promotion of work engagement within their organization. Human Resource professionals and managers should promote frequent meetings with the workers and apply other practices that can boost a safe climate for the employees.


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Susana Maria de Oliveira e Mota Tavares, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL). Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior




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How to Cite
Chinelato, R. S. de C., Tavares, S. M. de O. e M., Ferreira, M. C., & Valentini, F. (2020). The effect of perception of organizational politics on professionals’ engagement: the moderating role of the psychological safety climate. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 36(2), 348-360.
Social and Organizational Psychology