Is What You See What You Get? Investigating the Relationship Between Social Media Content and Counterproductive Work Behaviors, Alcohol Consumption, and Episodic Heavy Drinking
Employers are increasingly using social networking website (SNW) content to screen applicants for employment despite the absence of much empirical support for this practice. The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of using SNW content to predict employee behavior. Specifically, we investigated the relationship between SNW content and counterproductive work behaviors (CWB), occurrence of workplace accidents, alcohol consumption, and episodic heavy drinking. Participants (N = 146 MBA and upper level undergraduate business students) self-reported demographic information and information about workplace counterproductive behavior. Participants also provided access to their SNW profile, which the researchers subsequently accessed in order to assess potentially compromising content. Results indicate SNW profiles are not associated with CWB or involvement in workplace accidents, while SNW profiles containing alcohol and drug content are associated with alcohol consumption and episodic heavy drinking. Our study is among the first to examine the relationship between SNW profile information and CWBs of interest to HRM personnel and provides evidence that practitioners should exercise caution in drawing inferences about workplace behaviors based on SNW profile information.
The International Journal of Human Resource Management
(2019). Is What You See What You Get? Investigating the Relationship Between Social Media Content and Counterproductive Work Behaviors, Alcohol Consumption, and Episodic Heavy Drinking. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 30(15), 2251-2272.
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