Think Of All The Lost Productivity In Giving People Lunch Breaks
from the rethinking-produtivity dept
Every time we hear of a study (and they seem to come out every few months) complaining about all the lost productivity from people doing non-work things at work, we wonder if there are really people out there who take them seriously. Almost every time the studies are sponsored by companies who are trying to sell things like internet filters into companies, and so they have the incentive to make every bit of "non-work" activity sound as pricey as possible. Certainly, it's true that people doing non-work things could be hurting productivity -- but it doesn't mean they necessarily are. If someone is particularly productive, but needs a break to recharge to remain as productive later in the day, isn't that a good thing? Isn't that why we have breaks and lunches and time to go home after work? For some reason, though, many people still seem to assume that any non-work activity must be bad. Even worse, they conclude that it's a "cost." It's not a cost at all. Yet, here we are with the latest study saying that it's now online gambling that's costing employers millions. Online gambling probably isn't a very good thing to do at work, but it's a bit of a stretch to suggest it's costing companies. If someone isn't getting their work done, then that should become clear, and it becomes a disciplinary question, not a revenue one. If online gambling is costing companies revenue, so are lunch breaks, commutes and talking to the person in the cubicle next to you about the TV show last night. Yet, no one's putting out studies worrying about those things. Yet.