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Work Performance and Work-Life Balance: To investigate if social media use by Generation Y employees negatively impacts their work performance and work-life balance

Byrne, Megan (2018) Work Performance and Work-Life Balance: To investigate if social media use by Generation Y employees negatively impacts their work performance and work-life balance. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This research aims to explore the negative impact that social media use has upon work performance and work life balance for Generation Y employees. The aim was derived as while work performance, work life balance and social media use are well researched areas independently, insufficient studies have been conducted on them collectively. Similarly, there is a lack of research on social media use and Generation Y employees. A quantitative survey was used to conduct a cross-sectional study, which was derived from two papers. The first, created by Landers and Callan (2014), aimed to examine how employees are using social media while at work and the impact it has on their performance. The second, taken from Valcour (2007), explores if employees are satisfied with their work-life balance. Participants were selected using non-probability sampling. 144 participants took part and statistical analysis was conducted on the data. The findings show that social media use by Generation Y employees has a negative impact on work performance however does not impact work-life balance. The gender, age, industry of employment of participants and most commonly used social media site had an influence on the findings. The study was conducted on a relatively small sample size, however participants worked in a range of industries to gain a broader insight into the issue. The findings could provoke management to examine how their employees use social media and assist them to develop policies. Public policy makers could use the data to develop effective codes of practice and legislation to protect the employment relationship. Further studies could focus on larger samples, on one organisation or industry.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet > World Wide Web > Websites > Online social networks

H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2018 17:30
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2018 17:30
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3334

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