Friday, April 03, 2009

Facebooking employees are more productive!

Just swiped this article from Yahoo news after seeing it posted by classmate and Facebook buddy Raffy Jimenez.
I truly hope that my employers and my wife will agree with this article.
Being a writer for a politician, my Facebooking habits sometimes center around propagating a certain cause and sometimes commenting on the status posts of friends.
Filipino politicians who'll probably get a high-grade for their Facebooking are Paranaque Congressman Roilo Golez, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, Congressman TG Guingona, and activist Renato Reyes.
One Facebook politician who is a Godzilla by now is Senator Chiz Escudero. With his rockstar looks and revolutionary like stance, he gets friend requests like crazy. Will he be a Facebook phenom like Barak Obama?
Others on Facebook are Senators Mar Roxas, Dick Gordon, Kiko Pangilinan, and a few others I haven't friended yet.
I don't know if Senator Jamby Madrigal is also on Facebook. But then again, perhaps her billions can probably afford to fund the creation of her own social networking site with friends already added. Perhaps most of her friends will be members of the social, political, and economic elite.
Senator Manny Villar may probably go the same way. But perhaps most of his friends will be ducks, duck raisers, and OFWs who badly need to go home. Perhaps Dondon Lanuza can send a message to Villar to give his children some badly needed money. Last I heard, his kids were starving and I have been reading about Lanuza's starving kids for so long that I wonder if they are still alive.
My God! Help him out naman!
Anyway, here's the article I swiped.

Facebook, YouTube at work make better employees: study

Thu Apr 2, 1:08 am ETMELBOURNE (Reuters Life!) –

Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It'll make you a better employee,
according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet for fun during
office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet
for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who
do not.

Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing,
said "workplace Internet leisure browsing," or WILB, helped to sharpened
workers' concentration.

"People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration," Coker
said on the university's website (

"Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the Internet,
enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for
a days' work, and as a result, increased productivity," he said.

According to the study of 300 workers, 70 percent of people who use the
Internet at work engage in WILB.

Among the most popular WILB activities are searching for information about
products, reading online news sites, playing online games and watching videos on

"Firms spend millions on software to block their employees from watching
videos, using social networking sites or shopping online under the pretence that
it costs millions in lost productivity," said Coker. "That's not always the

However, Coker said the study looked at people who browsed in moderation,
or were on the Internet for less than 20 percent of their total time in the

"Those who behave with Internet addiction tendencies will have a lower
productivity than those without," he said.

(Writing by Miral Fahmy; Editing by Valerie Lee)

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