A Daily Diary Study on the Consequences of Networking on Employees' Career-Related Outcomes : The Mediating Role of Positive Affect

Faculty/Professorship: Work and Organisational Psychology  
Author(s): Volmer, Judith  ; Wolff, Hans-Georg
Title of the Journal: Frontiers in psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
Corporate Body: Frontiers Research Foundation
Publisher Information: Lausanne
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 9
Pages: 15
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02179
Although researchers have shown that networking is positively associated with numerous long-term outcomes (e. g., salary, promotion) investigations of proximal outcomes of networking are still scarce. Building on Conservation of Resources theory (COR; Hobfoll, 2001, 2011) and conducting a daily diary study over five consecutive working days (N = 160 academics), we investigated short-term effects of networking on employees' career-related outcomes (i.e., career optimism and career satisfaction), job attitudes (i.e., job satisfaction), and well-being (i.e., emotional exhaustion). Further, we suggested that positive affect would act as a mediator. Results from hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) showed that daily networking relates to all four outcome variables. Moreover, positive affect mediated three of four hypothesized relationships, with a marginally significant effect for career satisfaction. By providing evidence for valuable short-term benefits of networking, our study extends existing research on positive long-term effects (for example on salary, promotions). Findings broaden the scope by integrating networking research with a positive organizational behavior perspective. We discuss practical implications with regard to career intervention strategies, study limitations, and prospects for future research.
Keywords: networking, diary study, conservation of resources theory, positive affect, career optimism, career satisfaction, job satisfaction, emotional exhaustion
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/56752
Release Date: 25. November 2022
In supplemented by: uniba/53605
Project: Open-Access-Publikationsfonds 2012-2020
Career development over time