Social media at work: The roles of job satisfaction, employment status, and Facebook use with co-workers

Brett W. Robertson, Kerk F. Kee

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Abstract

Limited research has studied workplace satisfaction in a computer-mediated context, particularly with the use of social media. Based on an analysis of an online survey of working adults (N = 512) in various companies and organizations in a metropolitan area in Southern California, we tested the relationships among time spent on Facebook interacting with co-workers, employment status, and job satisfaction. Results show that an employee's satisfaction at work is positively associated with the amount of time they spend on Facebook interacting with co-workers. Contrary to our initial predictions, results to the second and third hypotheses revealed that part time employees reported having spent the highest amount of time on Facebook with their co-workers, and contract employees reported the highest degree of job satisfaction at work. Results have implications for Facebook as a strategic platform for promoting employee satisfaction at work, and Facebook a social network/ing platform for part time employees seeking further social integration and professional connection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume70
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

Keywords

  • Employment status
  • Facebook use
  • Job satisfaction
  • Social media

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