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SHRM Foundation Research


Connecting at Work: The relationship of social media to learning and work engagement 

Funded: March 2013     Expected Completion: April 2015

Wendy Murphy, Ph.D., and Bala Iyer, Ph.D., Babson College

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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