Personal Surfing At Work Is Good
from the finally! dept
Every time another study comes out, commissioned by a web filtering company, saying that (oh no!) people are doing personal surfing at work - I wonder what's wrong with a little personal surfing at work? I certainly do it, and it's useful for me to take a mental breather and keep my batteries charged. I encourage my employees to do it as well. Contrary to web filtering and short sighted managers' beliefs, it's really not a good thing to force someone to remain engaged non-stop for an entire day. Their productivity actually goes down. Finally, some researchers have come up with a study to support that. Researchers have shown that letting employees do some personal surfing at work leads to "better time management, stress reduction, improvement of skill sets and helping to achieve a balance between work and personal life." This follows a study earlier this year that said employees who surfed at work ended up making it up elsewhere. Perhaps people are finally realizing there's a difference between time spent working and productivity. Now where's the study saying work-time naps are also helpful to productivity?