Drawing from Conservation of Resources Theory (COR), the current research examined the direct
and indirect relationship (PsyCap, work engagement) of perceived supervisor communication
styles and cyberloafing. Data from 367 full-time employees working in 64 different firms were collected through
a standardized scale. The findings revealed that assertive communication style has a negative relation with
cyberloafing while passive and aggressive communication styles have positive associations with cyberloafing.
Moreover, PsyCap partially mediates the relationship of supervisor communication styles (assertive, passive and
aggressive) and cyberloafing. Additionally, employee work engagement partially mediates the relationship of
supervisor communication styles (assertive, passive and aggressive) and cyberloafing. The study suggests that
leaders can reduce employee involvement in cyberloafing through effective supervisor communication and
intrinsic motivation factors such as PsyCap and work engagement. Limitations, future directions, theoretical
contributions and managerial implications are also highlighted.
1-Sajid Rahman Khattak Assistant Professor, Department of IBMS, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, KP, Pakistan.2-Hafizullah Associate Professor, Institute of Businesses Studies (IBS), Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat, KP, Pakistan.3-Muhammad Zahid Awan Professor, Department of IBA, Gomal University D.I.Khan, KP, Pakistan.
Cyberloafing, Perceived Supervisor Communication Styles, PsyCap, Work Engagement.