Title

Lost sleep and cyberloafing: Evidence from the laboratory and a Daylight Saving Time quasi-experiment

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2012

Abstract

The Internet is a powerful tool that has changed the way people work. However, the ubiquity of the Internet has led to a new workplace threat to productivity—cyberloafing. Building on the ego depletion model of self-regulation, we examine how lost and low-quality sleep influence employee cyberloafing behaviors and how individual differences in conscientiousness moderate these effects. We also demonstrate that the shift to Daylight Saving Time (DST) results in a dramatic increase in cyberloafing behavior at the national level. We first tested the DST–cyberloafing relation through a national quasi-experiment, then directly tested the relation between sleep and cyberloafing in a closely controlled laboratory setting. We discuss the implications of our findings for theory, practice, and future research.

Discipline

Organizational Behavior and Theory | Psychology

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

97

Issue

5

First Page

1068

Last Page

1076

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/a0027557

Publisher

American Psychological Association

City or Country

USA