Web surfing good for workers and business

New research from Melbourne University says using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the most productive ways employees can relax at work. Searching for information about hobbies, reading online news and checking personal email was also found to refresh deskbound employees.

The research found that people who surf the internet for fun – for less than 20 per cent of their work time – were 9 percent more productive than those who don’t.

Some sites were not found to have a revitalising effect – including shopping and auction sites, online banking and sports sites. So Facebook is a boon to productivity but Trade Me is not. The Gossip can’t see managers being swayed by the productivity argument, though!

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