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It’s always an uncomfortable moment when an employee is caught surfing the Internet for leisure during working hours. But thanks to new research, they can tell their boss they are not goofing off — they’re improving their productivity.

Surfing the web for leisure can make a worker 9 percent more productive, according to research from Brent Coker, Ph.D., of Melbourne University. He undertook the study after a video he sent to his sister was blocked by her employer. He set out to examine whether a little web surfing, if it wasn’t excessive, was actually detrimental to workplace productivity.

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