Hours you surf at work ?

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#1 Edited by LexLas (7270 posts) -

So how much time do you think should be ok for employees to surf the net. I mean between every task, you always get a little time to surf. Some people take restroom breaks, some smoke cigarettes, so surfing should be ok too, right ? What do you think should be allowed in a 8 hour day ?

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#2 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

Well I can't access internet outside of the companies own stuff from my computer. But everyone has their face planted in their phone almost all day.

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#3 Edited by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

2 hours out of an 8 hour work day?

wut.

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#4 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@Master_Live said:

2 hours out of an 8 hour work day?

wut.

Well it takes about 5 to 10 minutes to read an article at times because of interruptions, so i was just guessing.

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#5 Edited by thehig1 (6420 posts) -

2 hours out of 8 Internet surfing I'm a manager and would not tolerate that.

How about 0 hours to surf, they can do what they want during there allocated break, other than that 0 hours to surf.

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#6 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

@thehig1: glad your not my boss lol

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#7 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@thehig1 said:

2 hours out of 8 Internet surfing I'm a manager and would not tolerate that.

How about 0 hours to surf, they can do what they want during there allocated break, other than that 0 hours to surf.

What a mean manager. If the job is getting done, and no one is complaining, then why care ? If these guys kick ass on their jobs, and do it so fast where there is no choice but to wait, why shouldn't they be able to surf. I bet as a manager you have much down time, time to surf. I know i do. I spend lots of time surfing, and yet i am the best at what i do. Even from a normal slow paced worker, they would not have my record. Surfing is like phone calls, they are going to spend time on the phone, or on the net.

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#8 Posted by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

I honestly don't surf at work. I don't have an office and my desk is in an open lobby area. Pretty hard to surf.

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#9 Posted by ad1x2 (6706 posts) -

@AutoPilotOn said:

@thehig1: glad your not my boss lol

With that kind of work ethic I would be glad you're not my employee...

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#10 Posted by ad1x2 (6706 posts) -

Most of my work is outside but if I'm on a work computer all of them block gaming websites so if I want to get on Gamespot I would have to use my phone during a break. I usually wouldn't have a problem with surfing as long as all work is done but when your surfing interferes with your ability to complete the tasks I have given you then you're going to have a really bad day.

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#11 Edited by JEP_100 (27 posts) -

Hello,

The typical number of hours a person is supposed to do this is dependent on the type of place they work. If they work at a desk job, than its practically an all day thing.

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#12 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@jep_100 said:

Hello,

The typical number of hours a person is supposed to do this is dependent on the type of place they work. If they work at a desk job, than its practically an all day thing.

Ya know, i am at a desk all day. I get up to handle jobs here and there, but mostly at my desk. Its kinda hard not to get on the net. Its either that or stare at a blank screen, lol .. But on the serious note, on a busy day, the net doesn't even make it on my list. Jobs first, when everyone is 100% happy, its net time.

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#13 Posted by deactivated-5acfa3a8bc51d (7914 posts) -

No body surfs the web at my job because that is unprofessional and lazy.

Good thread because that is crazy. 2 accumulated hours of surfing the web lol

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#14 Edited by lamprey263 (35008 posts) -

When I was an bookkeeper most the work I did was at the end of the day since it was mostly totaling up money taken most the day and taking deposits to the bank and dropping mail off at the post office, most of my day work could be done with sporadic intervals of effort, for when I did get money I'd post it to the appropriate ledger, write it in our books of our daily income, and update the electronic billing information, but I had a lot of downtime, so I could easily say more than half my time was at my disposal to surf the web. There'd be certain periods in the month that would require my attention, like mailing the billing, which resulted stuffing lots of envelopes, or ordering supplies, but generally the job was pretty laid back. Or, since I had a lot of downtime, I'd be sent on various errands but typically that wasn't too often... don't have that job anymore, been years. But even if I have something as relaxing there's no guarantee I won't work for someone who watches the office's web activity like a hawk.

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#15 Posted by thehig1 (6420 posts) -

@LexLas said:

@thehig1 said:

2 hours out of 8 Internet surfing I'm a manager and would not tolerate that.

How about 0 hours to surf, they can do what they want during there allocated break, other than that 0 hours to surf.

What a mean manager. If the job is getting done, and no one is complaining, then why care ? If these guys kick ass on their jobs, and do it so fast where there is no choice but to wait, why shouldn't they be able to surf. I bet as a manager you have much down time, time to surf. I know i do. I spend lots of time surfing, and yet i am the best at what i do. Even from a normal slow paced worker, they would not have my record. Surfing is like phone calls, they are going to spend time on the phone, or on the net.

I work in a customer facing entertainment environment, so it looks unprofessional to have your phone out while serving and interacting with customers.

Company policy is employees cannot even have there phone on their person during their shift(excluding breaks), this is common practice in a lot of customer facing businesses.

McDonald's, Cinemas, Any Big retailer in UK operate like this.

As a Manager I'm expected to be customer facing for all Trading hours, so from 10:30 till 15:30, then 17:30 till 23:30 I'm customer facing and Managing the session and doing a lot of the same tasks my colleagues are doing. Only down time when I surf is when there is no customers in the building between the hours of 15:30-17:30, as it happens staff are not here then, we work split shifts.

Well employees do, Manager works from 10:30 until 23:30, the no customer time is used for admin work and maybe half an hour or so to myself.

I would never surf, or take phone calls outside of break times because I'd be setting a double standard if I ever reprimand any of my The employees for disappearing from there work area to surf the net and take calls.

Also the environment we work in is extremely busy and stressful, if someone slacks and leaves customer area to surf net or play on phone other staff members will tell them to get back out before I get the chance, its all team work.

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#16 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58797 posts) -

I have never used a computer in my jobs.

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#17 Posted by Sword-Demon (7007 posts) -

I'm on my feet all day, so I can only go online during my break (which I don't always get depending on how busy we are).

but you're suggesting slacking off for a quarter of your time working is ok? that's crazy. I'd fire you if I were your boss.

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#18 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@thehig1 said:

@LexLas said:

@thehig1 said:

2 hours out of 8 Internet surfing I'm a manager and would not tolerate that.

How about 0 hours to surf, they can do what they want during there allocated break, other than that 0 hours to surf.

What a mean manager. If the job is getting done, and no one is complaining, then why care ? If these guys kick ass on their jobs, and do it so fast where there is no choice but to wait, why shouldn't they be able to surf. I bet as a manager you have much down time, time to surf. I know i do. I spend lots of time surfing, and yet i am the best at what i do. Even from a normal slow paced worker, they would not have my record. Surfing is like phone calls, they are going to spend time on the phone, or on the net.

I work in a customer facing entertainment environment, so it looks unprofessional to have your phone out while serving and interacting with customers.

Company policy is employees cannot even have there phone on their person during their shift(excluding breaks), this is common practice in a lot of customer facing businesses.

McDonald's, Cinemas, Any Big retailer in UK operate like this.

As a Manager I'm expected to be customer facing for all Trading hours, so from 10:30 till 15:30, then 17:30 till 23:30 I'm customer facing and Managing the session and doing a lot of the same tasks my colleagues are doing. Only down time when I surf is when there is no customers in the building between the hours of 15:30-17:30, as it happens staff are not here then, we work split shifts.

Well employees do, Manager works from 10:30 until 23:30, the no customer time is used for admin work and maybe half an hour or so to myself.

I would never surf, or take phone calls outside of break times because I'd be setting a double standard if I ever reprimand any of my The employees for disappearing from there work area to surf the net and take calls.

Also the environment we work in is extremely busy and stressful, if someone slacks and leaves customer area to surf net or play on phone other staff members will tell them to get back out before I get the chance, its all team work.

Well that makes sense, definitely not time for surfing for some jobs. Cheers !

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#19 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@Sword-Demon said:

I'm on my feet all day, so I can only go online during my break (which I don't always get depending on how busy we are).

but you're suggesting slacking off for a quarter of your time working is ok? that's crazy. I'd fire you if I were your boss.

I'm asking what would be appropriate, not suggesting. Especially since there are jobs that don't allow it.

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#20 Posted by thehig1 (6420 posts) -

@LexLas: to be fair you didnt know the type of job I worked in.

If I was a manager in a business with office based work, I would turn a blind eye to staff surfing the net as long as work is done, and I'm getting results.

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#21 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

@ad1x2: I probably wouldn't want to work for u as well. I get all my work done and then some. I have literally hours in my 12 hour work day that surfing or reading a book is all there is to do. If I tried to stay busy the entire time it would just be pointless busy work like wiping down the same machines 10 times a day.

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#22 Edited by ad1x2 (6706 posts) -

@AutoPilotOn: That is fine if you feel that way. However, the people who work over me would call me fair and someone they enjoy working under. I have no problem letting people surf when the job is done, most of the people here are surfing after work and training is complete. What is an issue is the claim that we should be required to give them two hours of surfing time. Do the tasks that I give you and I might let you go home early and if I can't let you leave early I might give you an extended lunch. But if we have a break go ahead and surf as long as you don't get a case of the dumbass and surf on Brazzers or Xvid in full view of others (work computers block those sites but people have smartphones). If I see you surfing when you should be working then I take your phone until the end of the day and I have that authority.

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#23 Posted by Curlyfrii87 (15049 posts) -

Probably about an hour out of my 8 hour shift.

But it's almost always surfing that is related to my job.

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#24 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

@ad1x2: I work alone in my own lab/office. There are some days I don't have time to even eat while others I have nothing to do for almost 12 hours. Different jobs require different things I guess. I work in a steel mill testing products being made and I can only test what they are able to make. Different grades require different amounts of tests. Like today they have been down for the last 3 hours and I have just been drinking coffee and browsing lol. The other day I had to qualify a new grade of steel and I worked nonstop for 6 hours from lunch till I left.

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#25 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

I don't surf the web at work, but in previous jobs I'd probably put it around 1-2 hours a day. Most people that have internet access probably put in about that.

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#26 Edited by foxhound_fox (97003 posts) -

None except for breaks. Why should people get paid not to do work?

It used to be smoke breaks costing companies millions of dollars. Now it's wasting time of Facebook.

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#27 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

How about you surf the web on your own time?

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#28 Edited by bforrester420 (3480 posts) -

@airshocker said: How about you surf the web on your own time?

How about worrying more about what you're doing and less about others?

For me, it depends on my worload. My job is very project driven. For example, I put in 55-65 hour weeks for about a month straight in July to the first week of August. Now that all of my code is in User Acceptance Testing, I don't have much to do unless any defects are found in testing. Days like the last couple, I've spent as many as 4 hours in a day dicking around on the internet. It's clear to me that those of you getting bent out of shape at the idea clearly don't work in IT or any field where your workload ebbs and flows.

Besides, it's unrealistic to expect any human to be able to fully concentrate for hours at a time. Many studies have shown that concentration drops drastically after 45-minute periods and your brain needs breaks in order to reboot, so to speak. Why do you think college courses, for example, are typically only 45-60 minutes in duration?

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#29 Edited by bforrester420 (3480 posts) -

@bforrester420 said:

@airshocker said: How about you surf the web on your own time?

How about worrying more about what you're doing and less about others?

For me, it depends on my work load. My job is very project driven. For example, I put in 55-65 hour weeks for about a month straight in July to the first week of August. Now that all of my code is in User Acceptance Testing, I don't have much to do unless any defects are found in testing. Days like the last couple, I've spent as many as 4 hours in a day dicking around on the internet. It's clear to me that those of you saying, "Hurrumph...it's never acceptable to surf at work!" don't work in IT.

Besides, it's unrealistic to expect any human to be able to fully concentrate for hours at a time. Many studies have shown that concentration drops drastically after 45-minute periods and your brain needs breaks in order to reboot, so to speak. Why do you think college courses, for example, are typically only 45-60 minutes in duration?

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#30 Posted by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

i usually go on the internet when there is nothing to do

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#31 Posted by Gaming-Planet (19121 posts) -

I surf the internet at home, where I can surf the interwebs for porn.

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#32 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@bforrester420 said:

@airshocker said: How about you surf the web on your own time?

How about worrying more about what you're doing and less about others?

For me, it depends on my worload. My job is very project driven. For example, I put in 55-65 hour weeks for about a month straight in July to the first week of August. Now that all of my code is in User Acceptance Testing, I don't have much to do unless any defects are found in testing. Days like the last couple, I've spent as many as 4 hours in a day dicking around on the internet. It's clear to me that those of you getting bent out of shape at the idea clearly don't work in IT or any field where your workload ebbs and flows.

Besides, it's unrealistic to expect any human to be able to fully concentrate for hours at a time. Many studies have shown that concentration drops drastically after 45-minute periods and your brain needs breaks in order to reboot, so to speak. Why do you think college courses, for example, are typically only 45-60 minutes in duration?

Most excellent answer !

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#33 Posted by Treflis (13402 posts) -

Well besides lunch break that lasts 30 minutes, I also get 2 ten minute breaks.

So to answer the question...around 35 minutes surfin the web on non work related matter per day.

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#34 Posted by bforrester420 (3480 posts) -

I'm in a meeting right now (conference call) as I post this.

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#35 Posted by LexLas (7270 posts) -

@bforrester420 said:

I'm in a meeting right now (conference call) as I post this.

Ya know, exacto. I'm in between jobs all day long. We have free wifi thoughout my company so we don't tie up the network. Anybody can surf, at any given point. I am actually in between computer and phones moves, data entry updates, and security badge clearance updates. As i do what i do, i sit and surf, catch up to news and stuff like Gamespot here. Then as a email comes in to do something, i get to it as is necessary. I do understand some jobs, that don't allow this. I had those jobs long ago.

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#36 Posted by macchiatoman (37 posts) -

actually i've been browsing the net for work almost 12 hours per day. When i got home i'm still using my lappy to play games such as RO, Rohan isen server and Cabal. :P am i addicted?

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#37 Posted by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

@macchiatoman: lol at my other job in a data center I worked 2nd shift. The building was completely empty but me. I used to bring in my laptop and play WoW. I just had to do rounds and check temps and humidity and gas levels for back up generators stuff like that. Also do tape backups which ran themselves just swapped tapes. Occasionally a customer would call or email for a hard reboot of server or move a network cable around but that was it.

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#38 Posted by amalager (121 posts) -

Im just looking at my phone just to get rid of the restrictions our company has. I usually go for forums like this and also gaming forums like Rohan Blood Feud.

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#39 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

@bforrester420 said:

@airshocker said: How about you surf the web on your own time?

How about worrying more about what you're doing and less about others?

Perhaps you should worry less about what I type and more about yourself, seeing as it doesn't seem you have any clue as to what you're talking about.

Unless it is specifically stated in your contract, when someone is paying you to work you're on their time. Thus you shouldn't be surfing the web.