A recent survey conducted by Zoomerang for St. Bernard Software Inc., a San Diego-based maker of Internet security appliances and Web filtering tools, revealed that nearly a quarter of U.S. workers spend three to five hours a week surfing the Internet while on the job.
According to the survey, 56% of workers spend their surfing time reading news and other articles, while 37% do online banking and 23% are online shopping. The study also found that 61% of workers spend up to two hours a week surfing the Internet for non-work-related information.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you find yourself wanting to catch a wave at work:
Use the internet as a reference tool to find job-related information, statistics, definitions or technologies
Use the internet as a tool to read the latest news in regards to your industry
Use the internet as a way to actually perform your job role
Download music to your iPod, MP3 player or desktop
Instant message with your friends
Search other job opportunities
As long as you use a bit of common sense and don’t let your work output be affected, it seems most employers are willing to overlook a couple of hours spent surfing each week. Now get back to work!