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When Stephanie Andel can feel her eyes glaze over scrolling through academic papers, institutional emails or student marking, she’ll open a new tab in her web browser and explore. “I take a few minutes every hour or two to surf the web, look at news or scan my Facebook feed to catch up with friends,” Andel, assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis, admits.

She’s not alone. Research shows that workers drift from their contracted tasks to personal email, social networks and the far corners of the internet for anything between a few hours a week to a few hours a day. Six out of 10 people admit they can’t get through the workday without checking their social media, according to online learning firm Udemy, while two-thirds of us say Facebook is the biggest time-sink. This phenomenon – known as cyberloafing – is an issue that costs businesses $85bn a year through lost time, according to researchers at the University of Nevada.

Source: BBC Productivity

Date: February 14th, 2020

Link: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200206-cyberloafing-the-line-between-rejuvenating-and-wasting-time

Discussion

  1. ”  research shows that cyberloafing can keep employees happier and mitigate against negative effects of workplace culture ” What are your thoughts on the positive impacts of “cyberloafing”?
  2. The article suggests that whether “cyberloafing” is positive or negative depends on ” the type of organisation, the job and work conditions “. Discuss what different types of organization, job and work conditions change whether “cyberloafing” might have a positive or negative effect.

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