Thursday, July 14, 2005

Net a great workplace time waster

Interesting stuff. 44% of surveyed American employees is 'wasting time' on the internet during work hours.

Seems to me that this is not a black and white issue. What constitute 'wasting time' online? Anything that isn't directly related to your job description? Anything that doesn't have obvious links to the content of your work? These seem like fairly silly questions. For my part, it seems to be increasingly difficult to draw a line b/w what might be seen as a 'waste of time' and what might be seen as something quite different (I'm not exactly sure). What is obvious though, is this survey and the assumptions is makes implicitly make claims about what is valued behaviour at work and the role of employees and their social and cultural practices in and outside of the workplace.

I wonder if anyone has done a similar survey on students and schools?



At 12:47 pm, Blogger Miss Amin said...

hi, I linked ur blog, hope you don't mind, let me know if you don't want me to link.

At 4:33 pm, Blogger Scott said...

Link away! I'd had a peak at yours and it sounds v.interesting. How did you find this blog?

At 7:19 pm, Blogger Miss Amin said...

how did I find out.....hmmm...I think I was browsing, then found one teacher blog which had links to others.

I find your posting intriguing! I know I've done it in the staffroom...checking personal email and blog when my original intention for going online was maybe to find a lesson plan. However, as you said it is difficult to say the non-work related browsing is wasted, because for me it's often during those times that I hit across a really good site or find something I know I can use for my class!

At 8:31 pm, Blogger Scott said...

yeah, I know what you mean - sometimes the best finds are not planned for.

How is the honours coming along? My honours looked a professional learning for early career teachers (sort of connected with technology - but as a means for creating a space for talk and dialogue)

who is supervising you?


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