According to a recent study, the key to getting more done at work is increasing your procrastination when boredom kicks in. Works for us.
‘Cyberloafing’, or to use it’s more familiar label, is that work? is the bane of every workplace. It’s why your boss stalks the avenues between cubicles, and it’s why superfluous phone use is restricted to your allocated break time.
Well, you can’t deposit that generally held theory into the nearest bin, because it’s actually incorrect.
According to a recent study, not doing your work during work hours is actually a positive thing.
There is a catch, though. It only works if you’re underworked, not using superfluous internet searching as a way to ignore your unreasonably packed to-do list.
According to the study, cyberloafing is the perfect antidote to workplace boredom. Apparently, needless wandering keeps you seeking the new, and is a perfect coping mechanism for being underworked. Underworked. Sure, Jan.
Researcher Shani Pindek at the University of Haifa in Israel studied the workload (and the boredom relating to it) of 463 of her university colleagues, and found that “these findings support the conceptualisation of cyberloafing as a boredom coping mechanism rather than a form of counterproductive workplace behaviour and highlight the importance of investigating the impact of underload and boredom on employee behaviours.”
Which sort of makes sense, if you ignore the fact that cyberloafing is a form of counterproductivity.
So, perhaps this analysis should be: cyberloafing is better than being flat-out bored at work, as boredom can be more detrimental to productivity and workflow. There’s good bored (cyberloafing) and there’s bad bored (aimless wandering the halls or using the toilet on a different floor)
The lesson: Be bored better.
Expand your mind, not your restlessness.