With so many distractions lurking mere keystrokes away on the Internet, companies are now forced to decide whether or not to filter the web content flowing to employee computers. Every year figures are tossed around reflecting the total cost to companies from lost productivity during Fantasy Football season and March Madness. Well-meaning employees can't help but alter their roster or check in on the first round upset during work hours. However, studies are now showing that giving employees "wiggle room" in regards to Internet activity can actually boost productivity. This article in the New Yorker explores that idea.
James Surowiecki - "In Praise of Distraction"