Many of us increasingly feel entitled to spend vast swaths of work time idly surfing the internet or g-chatting friends. While this may seem like a simple disciplinary or motivational issue, it goes deeper than that. With the constant lure of smartphones and multiple social networking sites, the workplace has become irrevocably porous, with the outside world seeping in no matter which sites you block or what your policies are.
A smart employer will find ways to work with this trend rather than against it. This might take brute force techniques like paying only for piecework or more stringent hiring practices. But it could also mean more innovative solutions, like gamifying the workplace through psychologically appealing reward systems, allowing more work from home, as well as relying more heavily on outsourced or freelance work.