The next time your blood boils when you see employees browsing Facebook on the job or scrambling to purchase hockey tickets on Craigslist...relax. You'll never believe what a recent article in TrainingIndustry.com stated:
According to the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne: "Workers who engage in workplace Internet leisure browsing are 9 percent more productive than those who don't".
Some go as far as considering leisure browsing to be adding to an employee's knowledge-base, thereby fulfilling companies' overall objectives. I'd say that's going a bit too far.
But wait; there is some truth to these statements. What do leisure Internet browsing and employee training have in common? It's all about the platform.
The vast migration toward E-Learning and real-time collaboration in the workplace can only be attributed to today's incredible attraction to the virtual sharing world. Individuals who engage in virtual knowledge sharing are indeed strengthening the mobile business world and demonstrating the power of harnessing brainpower regardless of time or space.
So let your employees sharpen their Facebook skills. Encourage eBay bidding and Craigslist negotiating during company time. "Just not on my clock" says your boss...