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Workplace internet leisure and employees’ productivity: The mediating role of employee satisfaction

Jihad Mohammad (Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)
Farzana Quoquab (Azman Hashim International Business School, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)
Siti Halimah (Putra Business School, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Malaysia)
Ramayah Thurasamy (School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 5 February 2019

Issue publication date: 2 September 2019

Abstract

Purpose

There is an on-going debate about the role of workplace internet leisure (WIL) and whether it is a vice or virtue. Considering this, the purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of WIL on workplace outcome variables such as employee satisfaction (ES) and employee productivity in the Malaysian context.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire that yielded 282 responses. Partial least square technique using SmartPLS-3 was used to test the study hypotheses.

Findings

Findings reveal that workplace WIL, workplace WIL policy and workplace autonomy orientation (WAO) affect employees’ satisfaction. Additionally, the mediating role of ES was found to be significant.

Practical implications

The findings of this study are valuable for both managers and policy makers. These results can benefit the managers of conventional banks in Malaysia to decide how to enhance employees’ satisfaction and productivity by focusing on the key drivers such as WIL, workplace internet leisure policy (WILP) and WAO.

Originality/value

This is a pioneering study which suggests that moderate use of WIL can have a positive and significant effect on workplace outcome variables. Moreover, this study theorised ES as a mediating variable; this helps to explain how organisations can transform workplace resources in term of internet leisure, WILP and WAO into high productivity by elevating employees’ satisfaction.

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Citation

Mohammad, J., Quoquab, F., Halimah, S. and Thurasamy, R. (2019), "Workplace internet leisure and employees’ productivity: The mediating role of employee satisfaction", Internet Research, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 725-748. https://doi.org/10.1108/IntR-05-2017-0191

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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