Communication and teleworking: A study of communication channel satisfaction, personality, and job satisfaction for teleworking employees

Stephanie A. Smith, Alyssa Patmos, Margaret J. Pitts

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Abstract

This study examines teleworkers’ job satisfaction related to the use of and satisfaction with a variety of communication channels and workers’ personality type. U.S. teleworkers (N = 384) completed an online survey and self-reported on dimensions of communication channel satisfaction, job satisfaction, and personality. Results indicated that extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness are positively correlated with job satisfaction. Additionally, significant moderating effects were found for the relationship between openness and phone and video communication, and agreeableness and phone communication on job satisfaction. Findings from this study yield important practical implications for organizations including suggestions for optimizing communication satisfaction for employees of differing personality types and recommendations to help organizations effectively hire and retain teleworkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-68
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Business Communication
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Communication channels
  • Job satisfaction
  • Organizational communication
  • Personality
  • Teleworking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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