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What’s this about procrastination?

Internet…Can’t work with it; Can’t procrastinate without it! shhh

We live in the era of technology, which for the most part has become an asset that is used in everyday life. With the advancements of technology the Internet is everywhere, and although the Internet helps employers it can be a curse for them as well.

The Internet allows employers the tools to offer their employees to work efficiently. By permitting them the use of the Internet, they can conduct necessary research or keep in touch with clients, along with many more perks. But the downfall of Internet access, however, is that it has become a huge distraction and can be a time-waster. The outcome of the Internet in the workplace usually results in employees doing personnel surfing of the web, rather than working. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest take employees minds off work. It is something that is believed to only be a short break that can turn into many minute procrastination frenzy. For example – I just want to post what I am having for lunch on Facebook and then I’ll get back to work… after I look at what my friends are having for lunch! Other problems that may occur with the Internet happen at given times such as March, when the NCAA tournament rolls around, or April when the first two rounds of the Master are played during work hours. Access to the Internet also impedes work closer to the weekend or may even create longer weekends when people can’t resist looking for the online deals at their favorite stores. Although it’s not directly seen, the outcome of these frenzies can be damaging to their performance, which as a result, affects the company’s bottom line.

To give more perspective on this issue, lets take, for example, an entry-level employee who makes $15 per hour and spends an hour a day (not including their lunch hour) on the Internet five days per week. Over time, that cost adds up. For this one employee, the cost can add up to be $3,900 per year. What if all of your employees were doing this?

The Internet can be very distracting at work, but it can also allow employees to do their best possible work if used correctly. So if eliminating access to the Internet is not an option, employers have options to ensure that employees are working and not surfing. Here are a few ways employers can supervise employee’s Internet use:

• Create an Internet policy and implement it
• Remove any expectation of employee privacy
• Grant access for work related usage and block access to specific sites, such as:

  • The NCAA tournament
  • Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, etc.
  • Any non-work related sites

If your company does not have a social media or technology policy, we can help you write it and implement it.