Study: Workers Spend 60% or More of Day Web Surfing for Personal Reasons
February 7, 2013 2:53 PM
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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
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Depends on definition
2/8/2013 11:43:31 AM
It all depends on definition. I surf a lot, but that's usually while waiting on things. Waiting on a restore, install, backup, config, etc. I have to wait and monitor, so the only thing I can do to occupy my mind sometimes is surf. Otherwise I get bored and wander off to do something else, then something goes wrong and I don't know about it until an hour later. It's more wasted time if I don't sometimes.
There are some times where I just want to give my brain a little break, but that's not often. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there like me.
RE: Depends on definition
2/8/2013 11:48:14 AM
Supplemental: Right now, I'm waiting for my vCenter server to restore so I can try upgrading to 5.1, again. The problem is that the software doing the restore is so SLOW. It's restoring a 18GB VM at the rate of 7MB/s. Talk about annoying. However, I can't do squat until it's done.
RE: Depends on definition
2/8/2013 1:22:05 PM
Now I'm building an independent DC VM on another host so that we can build a new vCenter server for 5.1 since my efforts to upgrade the existing one have been so troublesome. (vSphere 5.1 is majorly troublesome.)
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