Several studies have shown that banning access to web during office hours can be counter productive. The popular notion that web access is a time wasting thus must be prevented is disputable.

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A study of 1,700 employees by computer games firm PopCap Games showed that people felt refreshed if they had an “ebreak” during the working day.

Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic of London’s Goldsmiths University, who helped with the research, said: “Tea breaks and fag breaks have long been the most common types of break within office culture but the report shows that ebreaks are fast becoming the most popular choice of break for British workers.

The results of the study were taken with a pinch of salt by some because the study was commissioned by a company that made online video games.

However, another new study done by different group of researchers from in the US revealed stunningly similar findings.

Installing filters to block access to Web sites and e-mail services in a workplace could backfire by reducing job satisfaction and thus productivity.

Many legitimate reasons may be at play, speculates R. Kelly Garrett, one of the study’s authors and a communications professor at Ohio State University.

For instance, people may use the Web at work to help balance job and life responsibilities; with the personal matters taken care of from work, they can focus on the task at hand.

Perhaps, it times to tell your boss to stop blocking Yahoo, Gmail and Youtube at your office.