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SHRM Foundation Research

     

Connecting at Work: The relationship of social media to learning and work engagement
by Wendy Murphy , Ph.D. and Bala Iyer, Ph.D. Babson College

Funded: March 2013      Expected Completion: April 2015

Abstract
Social media technologies are ubiquitous in our daily lives. We propose that social media tools may foster the learning we see in mentoring relationships and positively affect employees’ job embeddedness. Our research suggests that increasing employees’ opportunities to learn and develop relationships should also lead to increased engagement, performance, and retention. This study will provide HR professionals insights into the potential benefits and costs of social media for their workforce. The planned research is mixed methods, multi-source, and longitudinal, including archived social media data and surveys. Data will be analyzed using multi-sample structural equation modeling.

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