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The mixed blessing of cyberloafing on innovation performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comput Human Behav. 2022 Jan; 126:106982.CH

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced major changes in work routines. With many people now working from home, cyberloafing is increasingly widespread. The COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic downturn that is disruptive and challenging for organizations. Innovation is a vital strategy for organizations to survive and recover from the pandemic crisis. Recent research suggests that cyberloafing can produce complex workplace outcomes. Therefore, we seek to explore how and why cyberloafing affects employee innovation performance. Based on the conservation of resources theory, our study explores the potential positive and negative effects of cyberloafing on employee innovation performance by identifying job anxiety, state gratitude and perceived meaning of work as critical mediating mechanisms in the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from an online survey (N = 544) during the COVID-19 pandemic showed that COVID-19 based informational cyberloafing was positively related to employees' innovation performance by enhancing their perceived meaning of work. It simultaneously weakened and strengthened employees' perceived meaning of work through increased job anxiety and state gratitude, and ultimately had mixed effects on innovation performance. Our findings provide both theoretical and practical insights on personal internet use as well as innovation activation in crises.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, China.School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, China.School of Business Administration, Northeastern University, 195 Chuangxin Road, Shenyang, 110169, China.School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

34493897

Citation

Zhong, Jing, et al. "The Mixed Blessing of Cyberloafing On Innovation Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Computers in Human Behavior, vol. 126, 2022, p. 106982.
Zhong J, Chen Y, Yan J, et al. The mixed blessing of cyberloafing on innovation performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comput Human Behav. 2022;126:106982.
Zhong, J., Chen, Y., Yan, J., & Luo, J. (2022). The mixed blessing of cyberloafing on innovation performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Computers in Human Behavior, 126, 106982. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106982
Zhong J, et al. The Mixed Blessing of Cyberloafing On Innovation Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Comput Human Behav. 2022;126:106982. PubMed PMID: 34493897.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The mixed blessing of cyberloafing on innovation performance during the COVID-19 pandemic. AU - Zhong,Jing, AU - Chen,Yonglin, AU - Yan,Jiaqi, AU - Luo,Jinlian, Y1 - 2021/08/16/ PY - 2021/03/22/received PY - 2021/07/28/revised PY - 2021/08/13/accepted PY - 2021/9/8/entrez PY - 2021/9/9/pubmed PY - 2021/9/9/medline KW - Anxiety KW - COVID-19 KW - Cyberloafing KW - Gratitude KW - Innovation performance KW - Meaning of work SP - 106982 EP - 106982 JF - Computers in human behavior JO - Comput Human Behav VL - 126 N2 - The COVID-19 pandemic has produced major changes in work routines. With many people now working from home, cyberloafing is increasingly widespread. The COVID-19 pandemic is also an economic downturn that is disruptive and challenging for organizations. Innovation is a vital strategy for organizations to survive and recover from the pandemic crisis. Recent research suggests that cyberloafing can produce complex workplace outcomes. Therefore, we seek to explore how and why cyberloafing affects employee innovation performance. Based on the conservation of resources theory, our study explores the potential positive and negative effects of cyberloafing on employee innovation performance by identifying job anxiety, state gratitude and perceived meaning of work as critical mediating mechanisms in the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from an online survey (N = 544) during the COVID-19 pandemic showed that COVID-19 based informational cyberloafing was positively related to employees' innovation performance by enhancing their perceived meaning of work. It simultaneously weakened and strengthened employees' perceived meaning of work through increased job anxiety and state gratitude, and ultimately had mixed effects on innovation performance. Our findings provide both theoretical and practical insights on personal internet use as well as innovation activation in crises. SN - 0747-5632 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/34493897/The_mixed_blessing_of_cyberloafing_on_innovation_performance_during_the_COVID_19_pandemic_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0747-5632(21)00305-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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