Information-seeking strategy and likelihood of workplace health disclosure

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Abstract

Purpose: This study seeks to address the question on the role of information-seeking behavior in dealing with uncertainty on workplace health disclosure from the perspectives of internal communication. Design/methodology/approach: An online survey was conducted with 409 full-time employees in large-sized companies in the United States. Findings: The results showed that employees engage in proactive and passive information-seeking strategies when they are uncertain about their supervisors' reactions toward their health problems. Positive EOR and organizational climate would increase their intention to adopt inquiry strategy, whereas negative EOR and the climate would increase their intention to adopt monitoring strategy. Employees who adopt inquiry strategy tend to perceive the benefits of health disclosure, whereas those who adopt monitoring strategy tend to perceive the risks of health disclosure. If employees perceived increased benefits in terms of health disclosure, then they tend to disclose their health problems to their supervisors, and vice versa. Originality/value: This study is among first to investigate workplace health disclosure decision-making from the perspectives of internal communication. These findings highlight the importance of excellent internal communications in employees' health disclosure decision-making process and support the proposition that proactive information-seeking is a strategy that contributes to uncertainty management in the workplace. This study also provides significant practical guidelines for corporate communication practitioners and leaders by establishing a safe and friendly environment where employees feel comfortable to disclose their health problems to supervisors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-540
Number of pages20
JournalCorporate Communications
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Information-seeking
  • Internal communications
  • Uncertainty management
  • Workplace health disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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