Original Research

The relationship between organisational trust and quality of work life

Yolandi van der Berg, Nico Martins
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 11, No 1 | a392 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v11i1.392 | © 2013 Yolandi van der Berg, Nico Martins | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 June 2011 | Published: 11 January 2013

About the author(s)

Yolandi van der Berg, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa, South Africa
Nico Martins, Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa, South Africa


Orientation: Managers within organisations should be more attentive regarding their managerial practices, the quality of work life (QWL) and trust relationships, as experienced by employees.

Research purpose: The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between organisational trust and QWL.

Motivation for the study: Recent organisational changes have refocused attention on the productivity and performance of sales representatives. These changes have brought about a re-evaluation of their QWL and the organisational trust they experience.

Research design, approach and method: An Internet-based survey methodology was used to collect primary data from a probability sample of 282 sales representatives; a 72% response rate was obtained. Responses were analysed using quantitative techniques and structural equation modelling.

Main findings: Results confirmed a positive relationship between managerial practices with organisational trust and QWL and a lower relationship between the personality dimensions, organisational trust and the QWL.

Practical/managerial implications: The study accentuated how important it is for management to be constantly aware of employees’ trust and their experience of a QWL, as these factors can lead to severe consequences if not properly managed.

Contribution/value add: The study focused attention on the importance of building good trust relationships within an organisation, as it seems as though the personality traits and managerial practices of managers influence not only the trust relationship experienced by employees, but also their experience of a QWL.


Big Five personality traits; correlation analysis; Leiden quality of work questionnaire; structural equation modelling; trust audit


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