Relationship between Employees’ Perception of Organizational Politics and Emotional Intelligence

KR Sowmya, N Panchanatham

Abstract


Emotional Intelligence is a topic of significance since last two decades and it is believed followed by being proven to be a solution for several problems in an organizational setup. This study was conducted to test the relationship between organizational politics and emotional intelligence in the workplace. The employees’ perception of organizational politics was compared for its status between public sector bank employees and new private sector bank employees. 472 samples were used to study the relationship between organizational politics and emotional intelligence among banking sector employees. The samples were chosen by using multi stage random sampling by probability method. Perception of organizational politics was found to have a strong correlation with emotional intelligence. The employees’ perception of organizational politics was profound among public sector bank employees rather than new private sector bank employees. Emotional intelligence of the employees needs to be enhanced in order to reduce the organizational politics by providing training on emotional intelligence. This research adds value to the existing literature by highlighting the relationship between emotional intelligence and organizational politics. The findings show that emotional intelligence has a strong correlation with employees’ perceptions of politics, and this in turn affects the employee attitude in the workplace. The major political practices were compared between public sector banks and new private sector banks and their finding adds value to the Indian literature.

 Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Organizational politics, Employee Attitude, Performance, Perception


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