On-The-Job Web Surfing



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:


Do’s –


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


Don’t –


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!

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2 Responses to On-The-Job Web Surfing

  1. Adam says:

    Ha ha…now wondering if I should feel guilty with the hours spent on the net.

    I continually maintain it’s a worthy cause 🙂

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