For years, we've pointed out how silly it is every time yet another web filtering company comes out with a study and the press hypes it up about how much time people spend doing non-work things, such as personal web-surfing or playing solitaire. Hell, in New York City, there was even a big story about how Mayor Michael Bloomberg fired some poor office worker after seeing that he had solitaire open on his office computer. The simple fact is that you cannot expect workers to be productive every second of every minute all day long. It actually hurts productivity by not giving them the chance to have important breaks. The good news, though, is that it appears more and more companies are starting to recognize that all slacking isn't a bad thing. They're trying to figure out the right "slacking/working equilibrium," though that doesn't seem that hard to figure out. If the employees are getting the work done that they're supposed to be getting done, then what's the problem? If they're not getting the work done, or it's not getting done well, then there's a problem.
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