Been caught Tweeting? Boss in your face about your Facebook page? In trouble over your LinkedIn connections? Good news, cubicle farms denizens: Extracurricular Web activity actually boosts your productivity, according to a new study. Show your boss this news article from our international friends at Reuters news service:
A University of Melbourne (Australia) study found that “people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not.”
“Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing, said ‘workplace Internet leisure browsing,’ or WILB, helped to sharpened workers’ concentration.
” ‘People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration,’ Coker said on the university’s website (www.unimelb.edu.au/)”
So go ahead and Google, shop at Amazon, update your Twitter and make time for Facebook time.
We hasten to add that this STILL is not a good time to be trashing the boss or your company (even if your company is the guvmint) on your blog, even if you think it can’t be traced back to you.
We also wish to add that even a seemingly innocuous posting can get you canned if you make the mistake of stumbling across sensitive information, or even a “sensitive” party, in whatever you blog about.
So for the occasion I exhume this chestnut from the TV vault’s Hill Street Blues: “Let’s be careful out there.”