Derived from the idiom “fish in the murky water”, the word “fish” generally refers to the workplace in the work of the small difference, not fully threw in the lazy behavior at work. For the boss, the non-doing employees are one of the reasons for the inefficiency of the enterprise, for the employees, this self-debussy word is a kind of understanding of the tacit understanding.
“Fish-touching” behavior in the workplace has a long history, with the lazy time at work to do a career is not without people. When Chinese science fiction writer Liu Cixin worked in the country’s electricity system, the reform of state-owned enterprises had not yet begun, and the environment in which people worked left him idle at work, liu Cixin wrote novels on his office computer during office hours, and 13 other novels, such as The Three-Body Problem and Wandering Earth, were born in this period.
But times have changed.
Contemporary professionals don’t fish at work because it’s easy and has a lot of leisure time, sometimes the opposite. At the same time, not everyone, like Liu Cixin, has a clear pursuit of their own sideline.
In the information age, the main force in the fish-touching community has become a breather who jumps between social software, shopping sites and other interfaces and wanders aimlessly on the Web, collectively known as the “cyberloafing”.
More than a quarter of UK workers spend three months a year browsing work-related content online, according to a new study by technology provider Gurucul, with social media popular with “cyber-bums.”
According to a report by Udemy, an online education platform, 60 percent of employees think they want to start socializing at least once a day, and 86 percent of professionals think Facebook is the biggest distraction from work.
In fact, many professionals feel guilty about this, because their e-mail messages are ringing, the case file waiting to be processed is very high, but they can not stop “fishing”.
Internet loitering and stress
While online loitering is a common practice, idle employees are a risk of team inefficiencies, as bosses worry. Even those who are lazy at work think so.
However, research by Stephanie A. Andel and Stacey R. Kessler has found the need and benefits of online loitering.
They argue that online loitering as a break from a busy workday can help employees recover from stress at work.
To test this claim, they conducted an online work survey of 258 college students who worked at least 20 hours a week.
The survey involved respondents’ time in non-work activities (shopping sites, social media, etc.), job satisfaction, willingness to resign, and whether they were treated badly at work, and asked them to rank their levels.
Unsurprisingly, employees who are abused in the workplace are less satisfied with their jobs and more likely to want to quit.
Surprisingly, however, the researchers found that online loitering increased job satisfaction between abused employees and reduced their likelihood of leaving the workforce – “online loitering in the workplace is much more complex than previously thought.” We believe that online loitering provides employees with a way to deal with stress at work, such as workplace violence. “
Small “walking” is desirable, and big one hurts
Fundamentally, seeing internet loitering as a response to stress is a form of short break.
From this perspective, online loitering conforms to the “microbreaks” theory: even a brief break from work can help employees supplement the psychological and physical costs of their next hard work, which in turn can have a positive impact on the way they work and how they feel.
That’s exactly what online loitering is all about. It shifts the attention of professionals to work-related matters, increasing their happiness, attention, and satisfaction.
However, the keyword for “micro-rest” is “micro”, which can be harmful if you over-use the Internet in the workplace.
According to the study, employees spend about two hours a day on work-related matters, which result in a loss of productivity of $85 billion (about Rmb594.575 billion) a year.
A dialectical view of social media restrictions
It’s not hard to imagine that the more bosses value productivity, the more disgusted they are with “fish-touching” employees and “network loitering.”
Therefore, restricting the use of social media, or controlling the network signals in non-monitored areas, is the general response of bosses to the internet wanderers.
They spare no effort in cleaning up the “network loitering clan”, but they should also pay attention to the appropriate means. Because studies have shown that these tactics can be counterproductive.
On the one hand, many employees use social media at work, and a one-size-fits-all ban on WeChat and Weibo is unrealistic.
Employees, on the other hand, are likely to exploit network vulnerabilities or use personal phones to access the Internet.
In addition, blocking social media and certain websites can depress people and reduce trust in their bosses, which in turn can affect team morale, employee engagement, and job satisfaction.
Therefore, the bosses should be more flexible when it came to the phenomenon of “fish-touching” and “online loitering”.
Social media, for example, that allows employees to make small differences can also be a useful tool for communication between employees. Bosses who guide employees may be better at leadership.
Lorenzo Bizzi, an assistant professor of management at California State University, also confirms the merits of social media in the work world, arguing that employees who interact with colleagues on social media are “often more motivated and can come up with innovative ideas”.