Only Telling One Side Of The Internet At Work Story
from the oh,-come-on... dept
Well, here is yet another article totally overhyping one side of the story about personal use of the internet at work. Reading the article, you can almost see the horror on the face of whoever wrote it, as he describes that (oh no!): “Each year rogue employees search for jobs, make travel arrangements, play games and use office e-mail for personal endeavors. This abuse of Internet privileges is real problem for organizations, with real monetary ramifications and it shows no sign of letting up.” Except that… well, it’s not the full story at all. Studies have shown that employees who do a little personal surfing at work actually tend to be more productive, since they can be more efficient about both getting work and personal tasks done, fitting them in at the best time. Also, as our work environments have turned into always-on-call situations where people are expected to answer phone calls and respond to emails even when away from the office, it seems perfectly reasonable to do some personal stuff at work as well. Besides, plenty of studies have shown that human productivity isn’t always about making sure people are working all the time, but that they’re working at their best when they do work. So, if a small break lets them recharge, they make it up. However, nowhere does this article suggest that’s possible at all. If an employee is getting his or her work done, what’s the problem? If they’re not getting work done, then that’s the issue — not the fact that they happen to surf Amazon to buy a book every once in a while.