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Personal Internet browsing could be encouraged in Swedish work placesTuesday, 10 July 2012
Internet surfing during working hours or what is referred here as
private browsing is discouraged. But that looks like it might soon
change if the finding result from a recent study is considered credible.
new study by two Swedish researchers on private surfing during working
hours has claimed that it can be beneficial for the work place if it is
encouraged. This contrast with what has been happening in the past
years where we have read about how in places of work, media systems
such as Facebook have been blocked. We have heard of pay cuts for
employees who have devoted hours to social networks and the huge sums
that employers lose when employees go on private surfing at work.
an article soon to be published in the Journal of Workplace Rights, two
Swedish researchers have been working out on a study which suggest
that private browsing is not as expensive and harmful to the
workplace as earlier studies seems to have argued. In fact, it may be
good for the workplace as surfing hour lost could be recovered during
an intensive working day.
"An additional benefit is that
creativity can be helped by taking a break and do something else if one
has stalled," said Patrik Larsson, Professor of Work Science at the
Centre for Service Research at Karlstad University to Swedish
He points out that the line between work and private
life is no longer as clear as before and engaging employers grumble
about an employee who still brings work home. So to get
"out-of-life" work, it can sometimes be managed from the job. Patrik
Larsson also thinks it is surprising that private surfing during
working hours is such a loaded topic.
"All of the studies of
what employees are doing in the workplace shows that we all do things
that maybe we should not. Most studies show that the time we spend on
other things than the job is about ten percent of working time, 5 - 6
minutes per hour. In today's work however, we see more and more that
the employer purchases employee engagement rather than time, so more
focus should be on delivering a good day's work," says Patrik Larsson.
By Scancomark.se Team
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