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cyberslacker

An employee who uses the office computer for personal enjoyment. Since it is so easy to flip between a business application and an entertainment, social or shopping page on the Web, many employees do it routinely if their computers are not locked down. Company firewalls can be configured to prevent access to popular Web sites, such as YouTube, Facebook and Amazon; however, there are millions of other sites, which makes this approach only partially effective. See lock down.
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Cyberslacking involves visiting pornographic sites and news sites, shopping, stock trading, vacation planning, gaming, chatting or engaging in any general non-business Internet activity on company time using company resources In addition, this practice includes looking for a new job on the internet, comparing present salaries and working conditions with that available elsewhere purely as a matter of curiosity, doing homework on company time, and exchanging e-mail with friends and family(Block, 2001).
That number is predicted to rise to 272 million by 2004, making cyberslacking a potentially enormous strain on corporate resources (Deane, 2000).
Cyberslacking clogs up network access, making it difficult for diligent employees to do their jobs (New software, 2000).
5 billion annually for internet access, with at least $1 billion being attributed to employees' personal and cyberslacking activities.
There are a number of steps managers can take to reduce cyberslacking in their organizations.
With cyberslacking becoming more and more prevalent, managers can no longer pretend a problem doesn't exist," said John Carrington, CEO of Websense.