Cyberslacking, which is typically defined as using the Internet or your mobile devices during work for personal use, can be a serious drain on your productivity. It’s also a big concern for employers due to the potential damage to profits. In fact, according to theofficesoftware.com, a company with 1,000 Internet users could lose upwards of $35 million in productivity annually from just an hour of daily Web surfing by employees. Another study by the IT services group, Morse, indicates that using social networking sites, such as Twitter, is costing companies approximately $2.25 billion a year.
With that being said, according to “Social Networks and Happiness” by Nicholas A Christakis & James H. Fowler, happy people tend to be located in the center of their social networks — and that adding happy friends increases a person’s probability of being happy by about 9 percent. It should be noted that happy people are more productive so isolating people from their virtual friends at work might actually be counterproductive.
But how much is too much? That’s for you and your employer to decide. Finding a good balance between productivity and “slacking off” will ultimately help you to be happy and achieve your goals and objectives. The Infographic below includes facts & solutions to help you be more productive, and still spend some time socializing with your network of friends. How do you find your balance? Please comment and share your thoughts.