Hey, whoever complained that Americans don’t work hard.
They do. By God, they do.
But just not the way you imagine.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting piece in today’s edition on how small businesses are struggling with cyberslacking employees:
* In April, 57 million Americans visited a social networking web site from an office computer and spent an average of 15 minutes on them per day (source: comScore).
Given the tremendous growth of social networking sites like Facebook, we think the comScore numbers are a gross underestimate. Well, if you think that’s a big dent in office productivity it only gets worse. Read on.
* Porn on the Internet has always been a big draw. Right? 😉
So, is it any surprise that last month 20.6 million Americans visited a porn site from an office PC an average of 8.1 times last month (source: Nielsen). Again, a huge underestimate in our knowledgeable view on the subject.
* Soon, it’s gonna get worse. Playboy is launching a new web site to assist the cyberslackers, ahem, the more priapic ones, called TheSmokingJacket.com. Here’s what we found on the upcoming site:
TheSmokingJacket.com is the safe-for-work website that brings you everything you love about men’s entertainment and the Internet — minus the stuff that’ll get you into hot water at the office!
We can’t wait to log on. 😉
* No, we haven’t noticed that many of our U.S. readers log on to this fine blog from Intel, Microsoft, Bank of America, Sun, Citigroup et al during office hours to read about important work-related stuff like Rajinikanth’s prowess, Sura’s box office numbers, Raj and Simran and Akshay Kumar.
With the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa just round the corner and Lost ending on May 23, there can only be more grief for businesses, small or big.
Wonder if any one has calculated/estimated the drop in productivity in the cubicles when the IPL or T20 cricket matches are on!