Internet break: Never Land Bar employees Brok Neilsen, Cory Fletcher and Bradley Rodger know the importance of online browsing breaks.
Internet break: Never Land Bar employees Brok Neilsen, Cory Fletcher and Bradley Rodger know the importance of online browsing breaks.

Facebook good for workers: study

THERE is no longer need to keep the computer screen hidden from the boss during the work day with a new study proving that a short internet surfing break improves productivity.

The University of Melbourne study shows that employees who watch You Tube videos, check online news and visit popular social networking site Facebook throughout the day are more productive in the workplace.

The research, which was based on a study of 300 Australian workers, is not promoting constant Twittering or group messaging during work hours with study author Brent Coker suggesting only short breaks are needed.

“People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration,” he said.

Never Land Bar in Coolangatta is one business that has embraced the social networking phenomenon with Facebook pages and a website providing information Tweed residents can access from their work desk.

Jonny Micallef from Never Land Bar said social networking is growing in popularity.

“Communication in general is a positive thing and social networking sites are already reaching a level of communication that other media can not reach,” Mr Micallef said.

“It is difficult for some people to understand how technology has changed and some bosses may not comprehend this.”



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