Freedom to Surf: The Positive Effects of Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing
10 Pages Posted: 22 Oct 2011
Date Written: November 2011
It is commonly believed that for workers to browse the Internet for personal reasons during work hours is non‐productive. Contesting this belief, this study documents positive effects of workplace Internet leisure browsing (WILB) on employee productivity. It is argued that WILB is an unobtrusive interruption which enables restoration of mental capacity and fosters feelings of autonomy.
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