Bruce Tulgan, founder of RainmakerThinking, author of It's Okay to Be the Boss, and an expert on managing younger generations of workers, has some terrific advice, to continue yesterday's discussion of Web-threatened bosses and Web-browsing workers.
First, make sure you know what your immediate manager's policy is when it comes to this. Discuss the parameters of acceptable online activities. What's permitted and what's not? Second, be honest with yourself. Maybe you should keep a timelog for yourself and see how much time you are really wasting. If it turns out that it's not that much, then you can share that with your boss. Let your boss know that you do spend time online, but that you keep track of how much so you make sure it doesn't get out of hand.
Third, make sure that—however much time you do spend online—it doesn't distract you from getting lots of work done very well very fast all day long. Make sure you are accomplishing all of your assigned goals, meeting high quality standards, and beating every deadline. Be able to demonstrate as much. Fourth, keep close track of all the hard work you are doing and the results of your efforts. Again, timelogs will help you demonstrate how much work you are doing. You should also use your to-do lists as checklists to keep track of all the tasks, responsibilities and projects you are tackling and be able to demonstrate all the valuable results you achieve. Make sure your boss knows how valuable you are and you'll be in a lot less danger of ever losing your job.