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Examining the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing: A mediational model.
J Bus Res. 2022 Jun; 145:660-670.JB

Abstract

After the COVID-19 pandemic began, organizations had to pivot and move to online remote work. As companies moved to digital platforms and technologies for remote working, a key concern was the increase in workplace withdrawal behaviors during the pandemic, including cyberloafing, a form of workplace deviance. Cyberloafing can be described as the action of using the internet for non-work-related activities or personal use during working hours. Given its effect on organizational effectiveness and efficiency, organizations must take measures to minimize cyberloafing. We examined how two factors-fear of COVID-19 and intolerance for uncertainty-were related to cyberloafing during the third lockdown in Israel. A sample of 322 adults who were enrolled in professional courses at a university in Israel were surveyed. Based on Conservation of Resources Theory, our findings suggest that distress significantly mediated the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing. In an attempt to deal with the stress and depletion of personal resources during the COVID-19 lockdown, individuals engaged in cyberloafing as a way to handle the stress. Our results suggest that organizations should take measures to reduce fear and uncertainty in order to decrease distress, which, in turn, will reduce cyberloafing.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ariel University, Ariel 44837, Israel.The University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, USA.Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, NSW 2109 Australia.Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India.NEOMA Business School, France.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

35342209

Citation

Reizer, Abira, et al. "Examining the Relationship Between Fear of COVID-19, Intolerance for Uncertainty, and Cyberloafing: a Mediational Model." Journal of Business Research, vol. 145, 2022, pp. 660-670.
Reizer A, Galperin BL, Chavan M, et al. Examining the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing: A mediational model. J Bus Res. 2022;145:660-670.
Reizer, A., Galperin, B. L., Chavan, M., Behl, A., & Pereira, V. (2022). Examining the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing: A mediational model. Journal of Business Research, 145, 660-670. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2022.03.037
Reizer A, et al. Examining the Relationship Between Fear of COVID-19, Intolerance for Uncertainty, and Cyberloafing: a Mediational Model. J Bus Res. 2022;145:660-670. PubMed PMID: 35342209.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Examining the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing: A mediational model. AU - Reizer,Abira, AU - Galperin,Bella L, AU - Chavan,Meena, AU - Behl,Abhishek, AU - Pereira,Vijay, Y1 - 2022/03/21/ PY - 2021/08/29/received PY - 2022/03/12/revised PY - 2022/03/15/accepted PY - 2022/3/28/entrez PY - 2022/3/29/pubmed PY - 2022/3/29/medline KW - Cyberloafing KW - Digital platforms KW - Distress KW - Fear KW - Technology KW - Uncertainty SP - 660 EP - 670 JF - Journal of business research JO - J Bus Res VL - 145 N2 - After the COVID-19 pandemic began, organizations had to pivot and move to online remote work. As companies moved to digital platforms and technologies for remote working, a key concern was the increase in workplace withdrawal behaviors during the pandemic, including cyberloafing, a form of workplace deviance. Cyberloafing can be described as the action of using the internet for non-work-related activities or personal use during working hours. Given its effect on organizational effectiveness and efficiency, organizations must take measures to minimize cyberloafing. We examined how two factors-fear of COVID-19 and intolerance for uncertainty-were related to cyberloafing during the third lockdown in Israel. A sample of 322 adults who were enrolled in professional courses at a university in Israel were surveyed. Based on Conservation of Resources Theory, our findings suggest that distress significantly mediated the relationship between fear of COVID-19, intolerance for uncertainty, and cyberloafing. In an attempt to deal with the stress and depletion of personal resources during the COVID-19 lockdown, individuals engaged in cyberloafing as a way to handle the stress. Our results suggest that organizations should take measures to reduce fear and uncertainty in order to decrease distress, which, in turn, will reduce cyberloafing. SN - 0148-2963 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/35342209/Examining_the_relationship_between_fear_of_COVID_19_intolerance_for_uncertainty_and_cyberloafing:_A_mediational_model_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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