Exploring The Effect of Extroversion on Networking Behavior: The Role of WFH
This study examines the effect of extroversion and working from home on employees' networking behavior. In traditional in-office work environments, extroverted employees have been found to involve more in networking behavior compared to introverted employees. However, the rise of working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted networking dynamics within organizations. The objective is to explore the effect of extroversion on networking behavior and how working from home moderates this relationship. This study suggests that reduced in-person contact during working from home may hinder employees’ involvement in networking behavior. Additionally, this study suggests that introverts may benefit from working from home due to the less stimulating environment it provides. Using survey data from 68 consultants at a medium-sized consultancy firm, this study finds that employees with high extroversion are more likely to engage in networking behavior compared to those with low extroversion. Furthermore, working from home negatively impacts employees' involvement in networking behavior but does not moderate the relationship between extroversion and networking behavior. This study highlights the need for revised measures and practices in the context of increased working from home and provides insights for scholars and managers navigating the challenges and opportunities of home-working arrangements.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen