There’s a good chance some of you are reading this while you’re at work. Feel guilty that you’re surfing the web, when you should be slaving away? I didn’t think so. But in case you do feel a tinge of guilt, the results of a new study may erase it. It found that visiting your favorite websites at work, when the boss isn’t looking, actually makes most of us more productive.
The study by researchers at the University of Singapore finds that workers who take a break and browse the internet are more focused when they get back to work… and they produce better results than those who just plow through the workday.
“It’s like going for a coffee break”
How does Web surfing at work make someone more productive? One of the researchers, Vivien K.G. Lim, told the Wall Street Journal, they “usually choose to only visit the sites they like — it’s like going for a coffee or snack break. Breaks of such nature are pleasurable, rejuvenating the Web surfer.”
Bosses warned to back off
Researchers also warn employers not to monitor their employees’ internet activity too closely because they found that only makes people browse more, feeling that the company doesn’t trust or value them.
So next time your boss catches you surfing the web on company time, tell him/her it’s making you a better employee. Since I don’t know your boss, you might have your desk packed up, just in case.
(source: CNN, Wall Street Journal)