Title: An epidemic phenomenon of workplace cyberloafing: investigations and implications

Authors: Shathees Baskaran; Nalini Nedunselian; Nomahaza Mahadi; Zawiyah Mahmood

Addresses: Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia ' Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia ' Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia ' Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract: Cyberloafing has been experiencing exponential growth all over the world in all industries since early 2000. The rise in cyberloafing imprinted various cyberloafing behaviours among employees causing an impact on job performance. Cyberloafing among Malaysian youth remains an underexplored research terrain. Therefore, this study will discuss the relationship between cyberloafing behaviour and job performance among working Malaysian youths. In order to investigate this relationship, multiple dimensions for cyberloafing behaviour are used such as development behaviour, recovery behaviour, deviant behaviour, and addiction behaviour. In addition, the mediating effect of social networking use intensity was assessed on the relationship between cyberloafing behaviour and job performance. Based on the results obtained, it was found that there is a significant relationship between cyberloafing behaviour and job performance. Nevertheless, no statistical evidence was found for the mediating effect of social networking use intensity, hence was not retained.

Keywords: cyberloafing behaviour; development behaviour; recovery behaviour; deviant behaviour; addiction behaviour; social networking; job performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2019.10027828

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2019 Vol.10 No.4, pp.297 - 321

Received: 30 Jul 2019
Accepted: 09 Nov 2019

Published online: 20 Apr 2020 *

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