By Jermaine Taylor
Gone are the days when surfing the net was just another wasteful way for employees to while away the hours as they avoided doing real work. Web browsing, as it turns out, may in fact be just the prescription management is looking for to help maximize worker productivity. At least so says a new study presented last week at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars.
Two researchers at the National University of Singapore have actually found that “browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function.” Because surfing the net is frequently less mentally strenuous than, say, reading and replying to e-mail, the researchers argue that web browsing may actually help to rejuvenate a tired or otherwise flagging employee, not unlike a much-needed coffee or cigarette break.
Read more at The Wall Street Journal.