The Web As A Productivity Drainer
from the stop-reading-this-now-and-get-back-to-work dept
Did you know that every second you’re sitting there reading this post and not doing work you’re contributing to $2,000 in lost productivity (well, if you’re in the US, that is). A new, somewhat ridiculous study is blaming the web for $63 billion in lost productivity. How they came up with those numbers makes this a very very questionable claim. They simply guessed that workers were wasting one hour of their workday a week surfing non-work related sites, and multiplied that times the average salary of workers in the US. Yes, if you think about this carefully it proves absolutely nothing. There’s no evidence that people weren’t goofing around at the water cooler one hour per week prior to the web. Even worse, there’s no evidence that being able to let your brain relax for an hour out of 40 during the week doesn’t make you more productive during work time. And, of course, I haven’t even mentioned that the company that put together the survey might just be the slightest bit biased – since they’re trying to sell software that prevents employees from freely surfing the web.