The existence of counterproductive work behaviors on social networking websites was investigated. A coding sheet was developed to record whether accounts of counterproductive work behaviors are displayed on public profile pages found on social networking websites. Information was gathered regarding variables that may predict the likelihood of an individual displaying such accounts on their profiles, namely mood, stress, and gender. It was found that little more than half (50.54%) of observed profile pages displayed accounts of counterproductive work behaviors, with each profile page displaying an average of more than one counterproductive work behavior related post ( M = 1.39, SD = 1.92). A positive correlational relationship between counterproductive work behaviors and stress, r(184) = .48, p < .001, was found suggesting that an increase in stress relates to increased of displays of counterproductive work behaviors. Additionally, a negative correlational relationship between stress and mood, r(83) = -.64, p < .001, was found suggesting that positive moods related to lower levels of stress. Finally, a significant gender difference was found, t(185) = 3.37, p < .001, in that men on average, M = 1.93, SD = 2.23, reportedly engaged in almost twice as many counterproductive work behaviors than women , M = .98, SD = 1.53. Past studies show that many employers utilize social networking websites as a pre-screening tool (Grasz, 2012). This study shows that it is possible to develop more consistent and standardized, and therefore a more legally defensible, method of utilizing social networking websites as a pre-employment screening tool.
|Advisor:||Warren, Christopher R.|
|Commitee:||Amirkhan, James H., Pedersen, William|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Occupational psychology|
|Keywords:||Behaviors, Counterproductive, Counterproductive work behaviors, Facebook, Work|
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