No Joking At Work!
from the it's-all-business-here dept
Just as we were talking about silly studies warning about productivity loss from internet misuse, comes one more study talking about how people (oh no!) send joke emails from their work accounts. This is described, of course, as a misuse of work email. While it may annoy people who really don’t want to receive any “friend spam,” it hardly seems like an issue to be overly concerned with. It’s hard to see how that’s any different than telling a joke around the water cooler — which can help to build a sense of camaraderie and loyalty in the workplace, as well as give a quick break that can make employees more productive. But, rest assured, the company that did the study has a product to stop any such joking around at work. If someone is regularly sending jokes, rather than actually getting their work done, that’s a different issue. But sending an occasional joke to colleagues hardly seems like a reason to rush out and clamp down your email system.