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Personalities Say Who’s A Cyberslacker

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If you work with a talkative extrovert, you may be working with a world-class cyberslacker according to a study conducted by Australia’s Monash University.

Doctor James Phillips and researcher Kerryann Wyatt at Monash University found five personality traits could help determine through testing who may be more likely to be a cyberslacker, someone more interested in surfing the web or sending emails than actually working in the office.

Unsurprisingly, extroverts stand at the front of the class (or is that the back of the class while tapping out an instant message?) when it comes to cyberslacking. Monash provided some more details about personalities and who does what when they should be cranking out TPS reports:

The study found that people with extroverted personalities sent more work and non work-related emails, while people with less agreeable personalities were likely to spend more time on the internet. People who were open to experience were more likely to spend time searching the net for work-related reasons.

“Extroverted employees particularly are abusing their internet privileges, spending reduced amounts of time working and so reducing productivity,” (Wyatt) said.


Lack of supervisory oversight and poorly constructed business Internet usage policies contribute to the problem, Wyatt noted in a statement. Sending emails and conducting web searches topped the list of workplace abuse.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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