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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

versão On-line ISSN 2071-0763
versão impressa ISSN 0258-5200


ROSSOUW, Elsie  e  ROTHMANN, Sebastiaan (Ian). Job demands and job resources and well-being of judges in South Africa. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2020, vol.46, n.1, pp.1-13. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: Research has been conducted regarding job demands, job resources and well-being of individuals in a variety of jobs. However, no studies have focused on the work experiences of judges in an African context RESEARCH PURPOSE: This study aimed to explore job demands and job resources, and the effects thereof, on the well-being of judges in South Africa MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Some stressors and demands that judges face are universal. However, the situation in each country, division and type of court differs, and thus the factors affecting judges' well-being also vary. RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: The research employed an exploratory study design. South African judges (n = 25) from various courts of different jurisdictions participated in this qualitative study. Semi-structured interviews were used to gather data. Conformability was established by using the ATLAS.ti 8 software program. MAIN FINDINGS: The results showed that job resources such as autonomy, positive relationships with senior judges and opportunities for training and development, contributed to judges' flourishing. Despite job demands such as work pressure and time constraints, emotional demands and hassles experienced at work, judges generally chose to use the available opportunities for well-being to reach their goals, to feel good and to function well at work. Some judges, however, noted that their heavy workload and limited time contributed to their stress and burnout. PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Interventions should be employed to alleviate the job demands of judges whilst increasing their job resources at the same time. This will boost their flourishing. CONTRIBUTION/VALUE-ADDITION: This study adds to scientific knowledge regarding the job demands, job resources and flourishing of judges in the South African context.

Palavras-chave : judges; job demands; job resources; flourishing; burnout.

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