Would You Accept a Facebook Friend Request from Your Boss?: Examining Generational Differences

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Book Chapter

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Five Generations and Only One Workforce: How Successful Businesses Are Managing a Multigenerational Workforce


Because Millennials and Generation X tend to desire close relationships with their leaders, expect frequent and open communication, and integrate their personal and professional contacts via social media, it was predicted they would be more likely than Baby Boomers to accept a Facebook friend request from their boss. Although no main effect was found for generational differences, a significant interaction between self-disclosure and generation was found, such that self-disclosure was positively related to acceptance of a friend request from one's boss for Baby Boomers and Generation X, but negatively related for Millennials. Implications and directions for future research are discussed.



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