Online Journal of Applied Knowledge Management
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Employees spend time during work hours on non – work related activities including visiting e - commerce Websites, managing personal email accounts, and engaging in e - banking. These types of actions in the workplace are known as cyber slacking. Cyber slacking affects employees’ productivity, presents legal concerns, and undermines the security of the employer’s network. This research study addressed the problem of cyber slacking in the public sector, by assessing the ethical severity of cyber slacking activities, as well as how employees perceived that the frequency of such activities occurred by their co - workers. Participants from public sector agencies were asked to report about their amount of time spent and frequency of cyber slacking, what they report about their co - workers’ amount of time spent and frequency of cyber slacking, as well as their perceived ethical severity of cyber slacking in the workplace. Comparisons of the measures were also conducted. Results from 183 participants indicate that employees report their co – workers to engage in cyber slacking significantly higher than what they reported about themselves, while ethical severity of cyber slacking was not considered to be high. Discussions and implications for future research are provided.
Hernández, Wilnelia; Levy, Yair; and Ramim, Michelle M., "An empirical assessment of employee cyberslacking in the public sector: The social engineering threat" (2016). CEC Faculty Articles. 340.