Workers who surf the internet for fun at work are more productive than those who don't.
According to a study by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore, Web browsing actually refreshes tired workers and enhances their productivity more than other break activities such as making personal calls, texts or emails.
96 undergraduate management students were assigned into one of three groups—a control group, a rest-break group and a Web-surfing group.
The researchers found that the Web-surfers were significantly more productive and effective at the tasks than those in the other two groups and reported lower levels of mental exhaustion, boredom and higher levels of engagement.
Because Web-surfing can aid productivity, the researchers caution employers against over-restricting workers' Web access.