Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2016

Publication Source

Computers in Human Behavior

Volume

55

Issue

Part A

Inclusive pages

439-445

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2015.09.045

Publisher

Elsevier

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Many people have social media connections with co-workers. An important question that arises is how such connections impact important organizational factors. This study begins to look at such impact by examining how a user's total number of co-worker social media connections and the percentage of total social media connections that are co-workers impacts perceptions of organizational support and organizational spontaneity. In a sample of 106 union members across a number of organizations it is found that percentage of co-worker social media connections has a significant positive relationship with both perceptions of organizational support and organizational spontaneity. Total co-worker social media connections was not related to either organizational support or organizational spontaneity. Implications and reasons for these results are discussed, as well as important directions for future research.

Keywords

Social media, Facebook, Unions, Perceived organizational support, Organizational spontaneity

Disciplines

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory | Unions