I work in fashion industry. There is no policy about reading newspaper. I have a habit of reading newspaper every morning, and unfortunately, at work. I read for about an hour. Should I change my habit? I feel great & have more energy to work after reading the news stuffs
I have seen workplaces where this would be acceptable. Mainly because there is no urgency about work and not a lot to do sometimes. I've also seen government offices where half the staff play solitaire or facebook all day.
But in general, no, this isn't an acceptable practice, and it's a bad habit to have. If you change workplaces when/if this one falls to bits you then have a bad habit you need to break. Best to train yourself out of it now.
So even if it is acceptable in this particular workplace, I'd still advise against it.
I read for about an hour. Should I change my habit? I feel great & have more energy to work after reading the news stuffs.
Ask your boss if it's okay for you to spend an hour reading instead of doing work, so that you will feel great and have more energy afterwards.
That's the only way you'll know if it is acceptable or not.
And if you don't think you should ask your boss, then that tells me you already know the acceptability of your actions.
How about you bring in your toys to work and play at your desk?
How about you just take a nap? Wouldn't that up your energy level?
Do you think everyone likes to be at work? That is why they call it work.
How about when you get fired from this job you hire a lawyer to sue. Lawyer charges you $500 an hour. After talking with him for 20 mins, he excuses himself. Comes back an hour later, had to take a crap. Well it was a $500 crap that you paid for.
Since your employer probably understands that you do this daily you are literally taking a $500 a month crap at your desk.
So is it OK? No. Will it get you fired? Probably.
The fact is whether right or wrong, surfing the net while answering emails or talking on the phone is a waste of company time too, but having a newspaper spread eagle in the middle of the office for an hour a day... well that just says I know I am not working and I don't give a shit.
No, it's not acceptable.
The only place where this would be acceptable is if news and news coverage is an essential part of your business and/or role.
For example if you are working in the PR department, as press relations officer, spokesman or something related, then staying on top of the day-to-day news is an fundamental part of your responsibility.
If you're reading news to relax, up your energy level, for entertainment, etc. this is your personal business which you should do in your private time.
There are only 2 occasions I can think of where reading the newspaper at work would be acceptable:
- During your lunch hour/break, which for many people is unpaid. During this time you can relax by reading the paper, playing chess, going for a walk etc. That is doing non-work activities
- If reading the paper is part of your job, such as if you are asked to add contemporary reports and trends to a research article. But you should only be looking at the content that is useful for you job, not solving the crossword