You Won't Believe How Much Time Your Employees Spend Cyberloafing

A new study found that 60 to 80 percent of employees' time on the Web at work has nothing to do with their job.
Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group
February 12, 2013 It probably comes as no surprise to you that many of your employees waste a lot of time surfing the Web during work hours. However, you may be surprised to know exactly how much time they're wasting. A new study by Joseph Ugrin, assistant professor at Kansas State University, and John Pearson, associate professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, found that 60 to 80 percent of employees' time on the Web at work has nothing to do with their jobs. They found that younger employees are using this time on social media while older employees are managing their finances.

Ugrin and Pearson also found that having a strict policy to prevent personal use of the Internet while at work typically fails if it's not constantly enforced. To be effective, a company should announce its public monitoring plan and ensure all employees are aware this is happening. When spot checks reveal employee problems, these workers need to be reprimanded. While you may not want to discuss the names of the employees caught, a public listing of employees infractions will deter others. 

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