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Establishing policies alone is not enough

Kansas State University researchers have made a pretty obvious discovery. Workers who waste time online at work won't straighten up with an internet policy alone -- they also need punishments to be enforced.

The team, led by Kansas State assistant professor Joseph Ugrin and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale associate professor John Pearson, have looked into effective ways of dealing with "cyberloafing," or wasting time on non-business-related activities online, while at work.

According to the study, workers spend about 60 to 80 percent of their time at work surfing non-work-related websites. Young people tend to spend time on social networks while older employees conduct online banking.

While internet policies with threats of termination tend to work when it comes to larger matters, like viewing pornography at work, many workers see absolutely no problem with using social networks or conducting personal business while on the clock.

We found that that for young people, it was hard to get them to think that social networking was unacceptable behavior," Ugrin said. "Just having a policy in place did not change their attitudes or behavior at all. Even when they knew they were being monitored, they still did not care."

The team said the only way to get the point across is to spread the word about other employees being punished for abusing their time online. At the same time, the researcher's concluded that this kind of "big brother" behavior could hurt employee morale.

This study will be published in Computers in Human Behavior.

Source: Newswise

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And I'm just sitting here...
By Hieyeck on 2/7/2013 3:11:35 PM , Rating: 5
...Contributing to the problem.

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By daboom06 on 2/7/2013 3:18:27 PM , Rating: 4
cat videos surely contribute to MY productivity.

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By prabal34 on 2/7/2013 3:37:05 PM , Rating: 5
Me too. But I don't see if the study was comparing salaried or hourly workers. I am salaried, my boss assigns me work and expects it to be done correctly and on time.

I often remote in from home to check the status of my simulations and results during the evenings and weekends so I don't really care if anyone sees me surfing tech news, or doing my banking, or reading car forums on my personal laptop (tethered to my phone) while I am at work and taking a break.

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By Souka on 2/8/2013 4:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
When I'm on the interent for personal reason, i'm taking a virtual smoke break.

Every place I've worked at didn't have an issue when my co-workers would get up to have a smoke outside...several times an hour.

Not sure how this is different....

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By Da W on 2/7/2013 3:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Count me in!

By dsquare86 on 2/7/2013 3:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
So am I, want to be pen pals?

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By arazok on 2/7/2013 4:02:29 PM , Rating: 3
Well somebody needs to test internet connectivity.

Just like everything else, my boss won’t assign anyone to do it, so I take it upon myself.

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By xti on 2/7/2013 4:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
oh great, there are timestamp on our posts!

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By jjlj on 2/7/2013 4:15:47 PM , Rating: 3
What else am I supposed to do when I'm waiting for a server to reboot, or an update to load, or and array to build, or the phone to ring? Multitask? F-that!

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By nafhan on 2/7/2013 4:26:44 PM , Rating: 3
Are you though?

I think part of the problem is that workplaces need to switch to task and activity based productivity metrics (basically, ask: "did Joe get his work done?"), and stop worrying about other stuff. Simply keeping track of how much time may have been spent browsing the web is not adequate or even very useful in many jobs (IMO).

TL;DR: Make sure stuff is getting done, and most of this micromanaging just disappears.

By Lazlo Panaflex on 2/7/2013 4:42:54 PM , Rating: 1
Not sure why you got downrated for that, but it makes sense. I'll get back to watching my Jessie J vids now...girl is HAWT, yo


By degobah77 on 2/8/2013 7:28:21 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. This is a NON issue unless you're not doing your job. Turns out, I can do my job AND what I want at the same time! Imagine that!

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By Ammohunt on 2/8/2013 12:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly it! besides the fact some people work more efficiently than others. Employers want people like me want people like me surfing the net because when Systems Administrators are constantly working it means the are either incompetent,subject to micro management by technical managers or something is seriously broken.

RE: And I'm just sitting here...
By aliasfox on 2/7/2013 5:31:17 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, if I already have four SAS projects running concurrently and I'm waiting for the data to come back, what else am I supposed to do?

I'm not trying to write code as inefficiently as possible, I swear.

By inperfectdarkness on 2/8/2013 1:50:31 AM , Rating: 2
*puts on tin-foil hat*

You're playing into their hands. Soon they will know everything about you. The DOD unblocked social media sites for a reason...

"I'm an Internet expert too. It's all right to wire the industrial zone only, but there are many problems if other regions of the North are wired." -- North Korean Supreme Commander Kim Jong-il
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