Study of Effective Cyberloafing Antecedents

Document Type : Research Article


1 MA, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Cyberloafing as one of the widespread phenomena in workplace has been brought many consequences such as reducing HR productivity and raising organizational costs. Many scholars have shown interest in exploring its antecedents to address this issue. To this, the current study aims to examine effective cyberloafing antecedents including job attitudes (job and intrinsic involvements), managerial support for use of the Internet, perceived cyberloafing of coworkers, non-Internet loafing, and the Internet self-efficacy. We conduct our research based on descriptive-correlation method. Our data were collected through designed questionnaire from 296 employees in Tabriz Petrochemicals Company who had access to the Internet. To analyze the gathered data, we used Stepwise Regression. Results elicited by Regression test showed that non-Internet loafing (β=0.371, p<0.00) Internet self-efficacy (β=0.296, p<0.00), positive attitude toward cyberloafing (β=0.172, p<0.00), and perceived coworkers cyberloafing (β=0.133, p<0.00) are meaningful predictions for cyberloafing.  Hence, participants involved in cyberloafing behaviors tend to have a high level of Internet self-efficacy and non-Internet loafing. Further, they have a positive attitude toward cyberloafing and perceive it as a general norm in the organization.  


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