This is a speculative post, following up to “Cut costs by saving time“. I have no data to back this up, just a gut feeling that a pilot would reveal significant cost savings.
Idea: Turn off Internet access from your company network, except at some stand-up Internet kiosks.
Intranet would still be available, of course, as would Internet access via personal mobile devices. But the attractive nuisance of the Internet would no longer be a temptation on the desktop.
As Shalom points out in the comments below, for some people Internet access is part of their job, so for those people an exception would need to be made. Likewise, an exception would need to be made for those who are physically unable to comfortably use a stand-up kiosk.
If I understand Shalom correctly, he also thinks the restriction could be demoralizing even for those who are only using the Internet for personal matters. It’s possible, but I think it’s just as likely that those who’ve been having the most trouble concentrating would be invigorated by spending less time at work and making more progress in their career. And keep in mind, for checking one’s personal email, the stock prices, etc., there would still be both Internet kiosks and personal mobile devices.
When’s the last time you saw someone at work slacking off with their nose in a book?