Job Insecurity as a Predictor of Conflict in Botswana Construction Industry

Josephine Moeti-Lysson, Evans Sokro, Jerry Courvisanos

Abstract


The construction sector continues to play a significant role in the socio-economic development of many nations, most importantly, today’s emerging economies. Although the sector is labour intensive and employees play critical roles in various projects and their success, there has been little research on people management practices and policies. Obtaining data from 617 employees working in eight Botswana construction companies, this study investigates employees’ perceptions of job insecurity and conflict in domestic-owned and Chinese-owned companies. The results show that there is a significant positive relationship between temporary work and perception of job insecurity and as such, job insecurity is positively related to conflict; these have large and significant impacts on deviant workplace behaviour. Also, there is statistically significant difference between males and females in both types of companies on how they perceive job insecurity as the cause of conflict, which needs to be addressed in human resource management to ensure better labour relations and higher labour productivity.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/jmr.v9i2.10595

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