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For people who worked online they have a tendency to surf the web while working specially home-based online workers or freelance online workers since they have full control over what they do as long as the work is completed before deadline of course. But there are a lot of applications now that can snap a shot on your workers monitor, you can finally see what your  home-based workers are doing and what are the things that consume most of his/her time.

I believe that if you work in an office you can’t chat, open up Facebook or surf websites that are not related to your work, though I haven’t tried working in an office before so correct me if i’m wrong.

I was surfing the net just now and I read this article that web surfing helps at work.

“According to a new study, Web browsing can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity, compared to other activities such as making personal calls, texts or emails, let alone working straight through with no rest at all.

The study, “Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement,” by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore, was presented last week in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars.

The researchers conducted two studies. In the first, they assigned 96 undergraduate management students into one of three groups—a control group, a “rest-break” group and a Web-surfing group. All subjects spent 20 minutes highlighting as many letter e’s as they could find in a sample text. For the next 10 minutes, the control group was assigned another simple task; members of the rest-break group could do whatever they pleased, except surf the Internet; and the third group could browse the Web. Afterward, all of the subjects spent another 10 minutes highlighting more letters.

The researchers found that the Web-surfers were significantly more productive and effective at the tasks than those in the other two groups and reported lower levels of mental exhaustion, boredom and higher levels of engagement.” The Wall Street Journal | Web Surfing Helps at Work, Study Says

“Don’t feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work—turns out it may actually improve your performance.” The Wall Street Journal | Web Surfing Helps at Work, Study Says

As an employer are you willing to take the risk and let your employees surf the web while at work as long as they finish their task? Please leave comment and share what you think.



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JF Agno




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