Dynamics of millennial employees' communicative behaviors in the workplace: the role of inclusive leadership and symmetrical organizational communication

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Abstract

Purpose: With a focus on millennial employees, this study investigates how employees engage in two types of employees' communicative behaviors (ECBs), that is, their voluntary communicative efforts to acquire and circulate tasks and managerial information (i.e. scouting) and to share and discuss positive and negative aspects of their organization with internal members (i.e. internal megaphoning). Through the lens of social exchange theory (SET) and symmetrical communication model, this study examines the effects of inclusive leadership and internal communication on active information behaviors of employees within their companies. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was conducted with fulltime millennial employees working across various industry sectors in the US. Findings: Symmetrical internal communication influenced by inclusive leadership enhances employees' scouting behavior as well as positive internal megaphoning behavior. Positive and negative internal megaphoning with supervisors increases the scouting behavior of employees, whereas negative internal megaphoning with peers does not have a significant effect. Originality/value: This study is among the first attempts to examine the effectiveness of leadership and strategic internal communication on millennial employees' diverse types of communicative behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPersonnel Review
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Employee behaviors
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Internal megaphoning
  • Millennials
  • Quantitative
  • Scouting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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