Why Spy? Let 'Em Surf!
from the finally! dept
If you've read Techdirt long enough, you've seen me complain about study after study that talks about how much employees surf the web during the day. These studies are always sponsored by a company that sells web monitoring software, and the articles always take it as fact that people surfing at work is a bad thing. Every time one of these studies pops up, I argue that it's the web monitoring that is actually bad for business. There are a few exceptions, but for many professions, letting people take a few minutes off here and there to get stuff done or blow off steam is probably much better for the long term productivity. Here's the first real article I've seen in a major publication agreeing with the standpoint and saying that there are rewards for trusting your employees. As long as they get their work done, who cares if they check sports scores or play a game during the day? The article points out that there's a self-fulfilling prophecy effect - and if you show workers you don't trust them, they're more likely to be untrustworthy (and unhappy).