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“It’s the new personal phone call,” says Kit Murphy, chief operating officer of Chester Willcox & Saxbe in Columbus, Ohio. “Only it’s more covert.”Murphy is referring to what experts now call “cyberslacking” — employees whiling away their work hours wandering around the Web. Though the Internet has become an essential tool in many offices, it has also brought countless distractions directly to employees’ desks. While some personal use of the Internet is generally acceptable to most employers, if no one’s paying attention to the issue, the lost productivity can be costly.

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