February 25, 2013

BUT WE ALL WANT TO BE PAID FOR OUR 8 HOURS:

Playing Hooky at the Office (Olivia Cvitanic, February 25, 2013, Pacific Standard)

If you're reading this on a weekday between nine and five, chances are, you're "cyberloafing." As a cyberloafer, you're not alone: a recent study revealed that between 60 and 80 percent of time people spend on the Internet at the office is not work related.

So while the majority of your office is probably unproductively surfing the web on the clock, they're probably wasting time differently based on age. "Older people are doing things like managing their finances, while young people found it much more acceptable to spend time on social networking sites like Facebook," said Joseph Ugrin, an assistant professor of accounting at Kansas State University and lead researcher on the cyberloafing study.

Ugrin joined forces with John Pearson, an associate professor of management at Southern Illinois University, to investigate what was revealed to be an in-office procrastination epidemic. Beyond just determining how much time employees spent cyberloafing, they wanted to know to what extent companies' anti-cyberloafing policies were working.

After all, bosses want their employees focused on work, and in recent years, companies have spent significant time and money to create best practices policies to curb  cyberloafing. These efforts--ranging from threats of firing and even Big Brother-type monitoring devices-- have met with limited success and much grumbling among workers. Plus, these measures did not seem to put a dent in the number of employees whose desks may also double as adult movie theaters. 

Posted by at February 25, 2013 10:11 PM
  

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