The Effects of the Ability to Choose the Type of Human Resources System on Perceptions of Invasion of Privacy and System Satisfaction

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Using data from employed participants in two separate studies, we examined the effects of (a) the ability to choose the type of human resource system, and (b) the type of information disclosed on perceptions of invasion of privacy and satisfaction with the human resource system. Results of both studies revealed that individuals were more satisfied with human resource services and less likely to perceive that the disclosure of data was invasive of privacy when (a) they had the ability to choose the type of system through which data were disclosed, and (b) the information disclosed was non-medical as opposed to medical in nature. The results have important implications for safeguarding employee privacy, developing privacy policies in organizations, and enhancing employee satisfaction with human resource services. Implications for theory, research, and practice are discussed.

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