Goldbricking is the practice of doing business, while maintaining the appearance of working. The term originates from the confidence trick of applying a coating to a brick of worthless metal-while the worker may appear industrious on the surface, in reality they are less valuable. A modern example is staff who uses their work for personal access, which can lead to inefficiency. Goldbricking online is referred to as cyberslacking gold cyberloafing .
A 1999 report estimated that cyberslacking cost employers in the United States $ 1 billion a year in computer resources.  Instances of goldbricking increased markedly when broadband Internet connections became commonplace in workplaces. Before that, the slow speed of dial-up is a lot of time. Many firms employ monitoring software to track employees’ Internet activity in an effort to limit liability and improve productivity .  Other methods used include goldbricking to Reduce Installation of proxy servers to prevent prevention programs from Accessing resources likeInternet Relay Chat , AOL Instant Messenger , and some online gambling services, strict disciplinary measures for employees founding and tracking .
Smartphones have greatly reduced the need for employees to the Internet.
Goldbricking became a mainstream topic when Yahoo! announced in late February 2013 that it was banning the practice of telecommuting because it was discovered its remote employees VPN often enough. 
Research has reported that the use of technology is very important.  A study by the National University of Singapore entitled ” Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement” . 
- Counterproductive work behavior
- Goofing off
- Internet addiction disorder
- Interruption science
- List of confidence tricks
- Work aversion
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