Pet peeve: co-workers who spend hours surfing the Internet while on the job, get behind on their assignments, and then the boss passes on additional work (theirs) to me for completion. This scenario has plagued me for the past several years starting around the time that social sites like Facebook got popular. What bugs me the most is that there are several ways for employees fortunate enough to have access to a computer as well as a desk to go online without interfering with their daily duties.
Five ways to spend less time online at work:
- Get up early and surf. This tactic is a personal favorite, excellent for early risers. As you eat your buttered toast and sip on a cup of coffee, check ALL of your favorite Websites. In fifteen minutes, you can gather enough information to chat about with co-workers throughout most of the day.
- Check e-mail via phone. Obsession with one’s personal e-mail is another draw for on the job Internet abusers. Read and reply to your personal e-mail using your cell phone. This way, sensitive information about you is kept private, off company systems and away from nosy co-workers.
- Schedule Internet usage. Spend less time online at work by planning your usage throughout the day preferably on breaks. By law, you should get three a day if you work full time. These three breaks offer plenty of opportunities to visit various Websites.
- Surf during slow periods. Instead of twiddling your thumbs or talking to another co-worker, use these moments to visit a favorite Website. Time yourself during the process and try not to go past five minutes.
- Wait until you get home. Unless a personal emergency requires you to check your home e-mail throughout the day or go to a specific site, there’s no reason to use the Internet on the job except for work. You can wait until you’ve clocked out to get in touch with loved ones.
The above five ways to spend less time online at work can save an otherwise good employee from getting into trouble. Take it from me. Companies are starting to crack down and let go of individuals who’d rather surf the net than earn a pay check. Making a few adjustments on the job is much easier than finding a new one.
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