Study: Social networkers have more ethics problems at work

Originally posted on Gigaom:

It’s hard to tell whether it’s a case of correlation or causation, but according to a new study published this week, employees who are super active on social networking sites have a very different idea of what is appropriate workplace behavior than other workers.

For starters, active social networkers — defined in the 2011 National Business Ethics Survey, a study published this week by the nonprofit Ethics Resource Center (ERC) as people who spend more than 30 percent of the workday participating on social networking sites — are much more likely to view their current jobs as temporary. 72 percent of active social networkers polled said they plan to change employers within the next five years, compared to 39 percent of non-active social networkers.

From the 2011 NBES (click to enlarge)

That feeling of transience may lead to such workers feeling like it’s no big deal to swipe a few things from the office supply cabinet:…

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