The purpose of the current qualitative phenomenological study, which employed the constant comparison model, was to investigate employees’ perceptions of the problems associated with non-work related Internet use: whether it is a problem, what employees consider to be acceptable or unacceptable use, the effect of Internet use on profit and its effect on personal communication, and how to deal with it. 20 male middle managers were interviewed in a mid-sized organization in the Midwest. Many participants said that checking the weather and viewing the news are acceptable forms of non-work related Internet use. Almost all said that visiting social networking sites such as Facebook is unacceptable online usage in the workplace. Offensive sites such as sites containing vulgar language and nudity were also seen as unacceptable non-work related Internet use by participants. Most said that work and communication online will continue in the workplace and involves pros and cons for productivity. Many said that online communication is replacing in-person communication such as mail, faxes, and telephone calls. Some said that non-work related Internet use may lead to lack of focus in the workplace but was not an issue in their own setting. The current study provides a platform for future studies to examine why non-work related Internet use occurs, the locations where non-work related Internet use occurs most frequently, and what types of employees are involved in acceptable and unacceptable non-work related Internet use in the workplace.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Internet use, Non-work related Internet use, Online communication|
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