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A Study of Counterproductive Work Behavior in Relation to Personality amongst Police Personnel


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1 Assistance Professor, Department of Psychology D.A.V. College, Chandigarh, India
2 Research Scholar, Department of Psychology, D.A.V, College, Chandigarh, India
     

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The current study attempts to investigate counterproductive work behavior (CWB) in relation to personality traits of police personnel. CWB are group of behaviors that are involved in intentional violation of organizational norms, whereby, an individual deliberately harms organization and co-workers. Consequently, such behavior adversely affects work- efficiency of the organization and damages its reputation. The objective of this study was to investigate CWB in relation to Short Dark Triad personality traits (an important underlying factor of CWB) on police personnel. For this study two hundred police personnel aged between 30-45 years, at the rank of Inspector, Sub-Inspector and assistant Sub-Inspector were selected. To screen counter-productivity, a 32 item CWB-Checklist (Spector & Fox et al., 2006) a multidimensional self-report checklist measuring abuse, production deviance, theft and withdraw had been applied. Also, for measuring personality Short Dark Triad Scale (Jones & Paulhus, 2014) a twenty seven item multidimensional self-report inventory measuring dimensions like machiavellianism subclinical- narcissism and psychopathy had been utilized. The results suggested that although police-personnel were low on dimensions of both counterproductive work behavior tendencies and Short Dark Triad (SD3) yet, there emerged a positive relationship amongst them, indicating that these dark personality traits are important predictors of counterproductive work behavior.

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Counterproductive Work Behaviour (CWB), Production Deviance, Withdraw, Sabotage
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Authors

Rohini Thapar
Assistance Professor, Department of Psychology D.A.V. College, Chandigarh, India
Sherry Brar
Research Scholar, Department of Psychology, D.A.V, College, Chandigarh, India

Abstract


The current study attempts to investigate counterproductive work behavior (CWB) in relation to personality traits of police personnel. CWB are group of behaviors that are involved in intentional violation of organizational norms, whereby, an individual deliberately harms organization and co-workers. Consequently, such behavior adversely affects work- efficiency of the organization and damages its reputation. The objective of this study was to investigate CWB in relation to Short Dark Triad personality traits (an important underlying factor of CWB) on police personnel. For this study two hundred police personnel aged between 30-45 years, at the rank of Inspector, Sub-Inspector and assistant Sub-Inspector were selected. To screen counter-productivity, a 32 item CWB-Checklist (Spector & Fox et al., 2006) a multidimensional self-report checklist measuring abuse, production deviance, theft and withdraw had been applied. Also, for measuring personality Short Dark Triad Scale (Jones & Paulhus, 2014) a twenty seven item multidimensional self-report inventory measuring dimensions like machiavellianism subclinical- narcissism and psychopathy had been utilized. The results suggested that although police-personnel were low on dimensions of both counterproductive work behavior tendencies and Short Dark Triad (SD3) yet, there emerged a positive relationship amongst them, indicating that these dark personality traits are important predictors of counterproductive work behavior.

Keywords


Counterproductive Work Behaviour (CWB), Production Deviance, Withdraw, Sabotage

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