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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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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.

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