Communication Research Reports
As organizations increasingly embrace Internet technologies in daily work activities, an unintended consequence is the growing personal Internet use by employees. This study examines the association between job characteristics and a particular form of personal Internet use at work, personal online communication (POC). The study analyzes data of the 2008 Networked Workers Survey sponsored by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The results demonstrate that job characteristics explain a large, significant portion of the variance of POC at work. The findings suggest that for jobs with high knowledge intensity, managing POC could be approached from a work–life balance perspective. The study also suggests that changes in work structure, job variety, and autonomy could have significant implications for managing POC activities in the wired workplace.
This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Communication Research Reports 01-18-2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08824096.2012.746221
Jian, G. (2013). Understanding the wired workplace: The effects of job characteristics on employees’ personal online communication at work. Communication Research Reports, 30(1), 22-33. doi:10.1080/08824096.2012.746221