solobutterfly wrote:Congratulations modern society you have created a generation full of impatient, instant-gratification seeking, repetitive behavior patterned, un-productive individuals with no self restraint. A delay can't save you now. I know it happens on people's free time, but I am still constantly shocked to learn how many people waste their employer's time by checking up on celebrity gossip, facebook, or shopping on work computers.
It's not quite like that, but I'm not sure how to explain without sounding like a pompous ass.
It's something like: people are able to complete their tasks faster; compensation is rarely increased as a result of increased productivity (you're actually more likely to be given additional tasks without increased compensation, regardless of your actual work/play ratio on the computer); if you're not producing competently, it doesn't matter than you work 8 hours a day versus someone who does produce competently working 6 hours a day.
In other words, office productivity usually is not impacted by how people use their computer for non-work related reasons. People that slack off entirely will of course lose their job (unless tenured). But quality will always be a more important judge of your ability than quantity.
Besides, you have to consider other means of work avoision (it's a word! look it up!). Smoking breaks. Bathroom breaks. That 15-minute allowed break that always stretches to 20 minutes. At least people who are slacking off on the computer are available if you need them.
And of course, meetings, despite their ability to sometimes accomplish something, more often than not result in way more lost productivity than Amazon.com or Facebook.
TL, DR: It's not that simple, and that's why most companies don't mind.