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Are you a CYBERLOAFER? Taking a short online break helps you work but too long and you’ll lose track, study claims

Researchers have claimed that allowing employees to surf the internet at work could boost their productivity.

The results suggest that for those with jobs that don't involve sitting at a desk, a quick jaunt online can make them more productive.

Workers who took the online breaks had a quick chance to unwind, but the researchers warned that if surfing was undisciplined it could result in ‘cyberloafing’ - those who spend too much time doing other things online when they should be working.

A study led by a researcher at the University of Cincinnati suggests taking short online breaks can boost productivity (stock image shown). However spending too much time online turns people into cyberloafers. This means they spend too much time doing other things online when they should be working

A study led by a researcher at the University of Cincinnati suggests taking short online breaks can boost productivity (stock image shown). However spending too much time online turns people into cyberloafers. This means they spend too much time doing other things online when they should be working

The study's lead author Dr Sung Doo Kim of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati said: ‘Employees reported benefits on going online to balance their work and personal responsibilities, such as checking on their children.’

... AND ANSWERING EMAILS OUT OF WORK INCREASES STRESS LEVELS

Using phones and tablets to access work email outside office hours can dramatically increase stress levels, researchers have warned.

The research could have major implications for those who work away from the office.

However, those who worked remotely also rated the quality of their lives as being better than those stuck in an office.

A Gallup poll found nearly half of workers who 'frequently email for work outside of normal working hours' reported experiencing 'a lot of' stress, compared with the 36 per cent who experienced stress but never emailed out of work.

‘After reassuring themselves about their children, they were better able to focus on their work.’

Dr Kim added that people going online for industry news or research saw it as part of their professional development and improved satisfaction at work.

 

He suggested this was perhaps because of the freedom to be able to occasionally check in on their personal life

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