We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,258 News Articles

'Facebook breaks' improve productivity

Internet bans are counter-productive

Feeling guilty about checking out Facebook when you should be working? Well don't because according to PopCap Games research, taking a 10-minute break to surf the net will reduce stress and sharpen your mind.

The games manufacturer claims 'electronic breaks' actually increase staff efficiency and morale, warning that by stopping workers surfing the web, businesses are contributing to a loss to of productivity worth up to £4bn every year.

The research will come as a blow to companies which have banned access to social networking sites. According to employment law firm Peninsula, seven out of 10 companies already prohibit workers from visiting sites such as Facebook and are even considering banning personal internet access altogether.

As part of the findings, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist at Goldsmiths University, carried out psychometric trials in a number of UK businesses.

"Work days are becoming longer, workloads are becoming more demanding, and UK bosses are introducing internet bans to help combat alleged productivity losses and inappropriate use of workplace resources," said Dr Chamorro-Premuzic.

"Allowing workers more freedom at the PC can benefit morale and boost company profits. In addition to allowing their mind to switch off from their work worries, employers can foster a more trusting and enjoyable environment," he added.


IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......