Individuals are discovering that they are now operating in a business environment different then in the past. In order to achieve extrinsic career success in this new environment, employees are finding that they need to learn and implement nontraditional business skills. The purpose of this study was to investigate if there was a relationship between participating in certain social activities and achieving extrinsic career success through the use of nontraditional business skills. The specific activities reviewed were sporting activities, volunteer activities, and drinking activities. The nontraditional business skills identified in the study were the use of networking, mentoring, political skills, and social skills. This research was conducted using a quantitative study employing an online survey. The survey consisted of four-point Likert-style questions concluding with three open-ended questions. There were 114 usable surveys which provided the data for this research study. Frequency analysis, regression analysis, and the test of independent means were the different analyses used to analyze the survey responses. There were five primary conclusions drawn from this research study. Several conclusions centered around the small amount of time spent on the three social activities and their moderate impact on career success highlighting specific activities which were of more value. Several other findings focused on the moderate impact on career success of attending social activities with work colleagues and that if more time were spent attending these functions, and using nontraditional business skills, additional career benefits would be possible. The last finding was that adjusted R2 values were consistently generated during regression analysis, albeit with small values all below .10. As the sole determinant of career success, this is not a good predictor; however, as a compliment to traditional skills, this is an important finding. Participating in these activities and the use of nontraditional business skills is not meant to take the place of traditional business skills such as education, work quality, or experience. It can, however, provide the additional value needed to differentiate an individual from their competition and contribute toward career success.
|Adviser||Barbara A. Bailey|
|Subjects||Management; Organizational behavior|
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