Posted by Susan Wilson Solovic, February 10, 2013
New research from Kansas State University finds the average worker spends 60 to 80 percent of his or her time on the Internet engaged in activities unrelated to the job. It’s known as cyber-loafing or cyber-slacking and many business owners believe it’s affecting their bottom line due to lost productivity.
You might think it’s younger employees who spend their time surfing the web, but that’s not the case. The researchers found older workers may not spend as much time on social media sites, but they like to manage their finances during work hours. Even if their is an Internet usage policy in place, the survey found it didn’t change employees’ attitudes toward cyber-loafing.
Not everyone agrees, however, that cyber-slacking is necessarily a bad thing. In fact, some experts believe that employees who browse the web may be more productive. They site research that demonstrates employees who take a cyber-loafing break come back to their job refreshed and more engaged.
What do you think? Is cyber-loafing beneficial or destructive? Should there be a reasonableness standard? Let me know your thoughts.
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