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A social media engagement framework for applicant attraction and retention: #SocialMediaCongruence

Andrew Franklin Johnson (Department of Management and Marketing, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
Katherine J. Roberto (Department of Management and Marketing, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
Christopher J. Hartwell (Department of Management, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA)
Jennifer F. Taylor (Department of Management and Marketing, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 21 April 2022

Issue publication date: 18 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The social media (SM) engagement framework consists of dimensions of employee privacy expectations and organizations' social media orientation. Further, the social media privacy orientation model provides better understanding of complexities of selection and retention created by the social media landscape.

Design/methodology/approach

Organizations are increasingly seeking talent to support burgeoning social media strategies. Qualified employees may be expected to have related professional experience and an active personal social media presence. In contrast to this evolving demand, prevailing guidelines suggest applicants minimize their social media activity altogether. These restrictive guidelines may be better suited for organizations that prefer or require high levels of discretion on social media given the differing engagement expectations across firms and among individuals.

Findings

How the congruence between an employee's expectations of privacy on SM and the organization's expectation of employees' SM usage affects applicant attraction to organizations and employee retention is outlined. Propositions are offered to foster research in this area.

Practical implications

Social media congruence is an important consideration for human resource (HR) policies and associated training.

Social implications

Public policies toward the use of social media in recruitment and privacy should consider social media congruence.

Originality/value

The model advanced in the paper provides organizations and applicants with a stronger understanding of the complexities surrounding the use of SM in selection and retention decisions.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/OIR-05-2021-0260

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Citation

Johnson, A.F., Roberto, K.J., Hartwell, C.J. and Taylor, J.F. (2023), "A social media engagement framework for applicant attraction and retention: #SocialMediaCongruence", Online Information Review, Vol. 47 No. 1, pp. 104-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-05-2021-0260

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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