Somewhere along the line, a few employers got it into their heads that online surfing during the work day is a big sin. For some workers, employers have gone as far as to block certain websites during the work day. Micromanaging anyone? While it’s never good to spend the entire workday browsing for that bikini you’re going to buy for your next vacation away from work, there is such a thing as a healthy balance.
Here’s how to show your boss that you’re not just a slacker looking for an excuse to goof around, and that browsing online during the workday can actually be a good thing.
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1. Send her worthwhile information you find online.
Here’s one helpful tactic that can soften your boss’ hard impression of online surfing: show her that you’re actually, once in a while, thinking about stuff that’s related to work. Send her a link to the recent article -- published online -- about something related to your industry, or send her a screenshot of a comment posted on your company’s social media feeds.
What you probably shouldn’t do: send her another silly cat meme.
2. Send her studies like this one.
If your boss has gotten harsh enough to lambast workday browsing in public, you might have to pull out the big guns: the studies that show that you actually can benefit from some time spent surfing. Studies like this one, published in Human Performance in 2013, show that taking breaks for "leisure browsing" don’t always take workers’ attention away from the work at hand, but instead, actually help them get an enjoyable break. That then makes them experience more so-called "task vigilance" in their work duties.
3. Answer emails and online correspondence promptly.
If you’re allegedly spending your free time online surfing, then your boss is probably going to expect you to be there for her when she needs you online. As such, don’t ignore her emails or instant messages; answer them promptly. To ensure you don’t miss anything install pop-up alerts on your desktop, so you know when you get a message from your boss.
4. Do great work.
Bosses can complain about a lot of the little quirks and misdeeds committed by employees -- but usually, they’ll overlook a lot in the face of an employee who does really good work. In other words, show your boss that your occasional online surfing is not cutting into your work time so much that you’re underperforming. In the end, your excellent reviews and steady productivity will show her that she has nothing to fret about.
While it can be fun to pick out just the right shade of cover-up to go with your vacation bikini while you’re on the clock, resist the urge. Use your worktime online surfing for checking email or catching up on the day’s news, and your boss should have no problem letting you be.
Have you had problems with your boss over surfing the internet while you are at work? How did you deal with the issue? Your thoguhts and comments below please...