It doesn't take a study to know that it's a bummer when your work blocks certain websites, but it is true — last year, British researchers found that employees became demoralized when their workplace put limitations on personal Internet surfing. Likewise, a recent study showed that people who were allowed to take mini Internet breaks to update their status on Facebook or Twitter, watch a funny video on YouTube, or play an online game actually makes you a better employee.
"Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days' work, and as a result, increased productivity," he said.
I hear that. The nature of my job lets me look at whatever hot viral video is out there, and encourages me to update my Twitter, but I even need little non-geeksugar related Internet breaks to refresh me.
What about you? If you're allowed to surf any website you want at work, does it make you a happier employee? And if you're not allowed to take little e-Breaks, do you think it would make you happier?