I think I'm like most people here, I'm a salaried employee.
My boss' guidelines are simple. Meet the deadlines for jobs done and do a good job.
If my boss feels that they can find somebody better at my job and for a price that they are willing to pay, then they WILL do just that. But if you're going to fire a person who does a good job for you because they use the internet in their downtime, realize that there is no guarantee that they will find somebody that is a better replacement and will not use the internet.
In the meantime, they will have important work that will be backlogged while they try and find a replacement.
So, that's why my boss and I don't have a problem. Particularly since my job consists of a lot of downtime while I wait for software applications to run. I get my job done and done well. It would be like complaining that Deion Sanders didn't lift weights. If it bothers the employer that much, find a replacement that is better.
It's like Jimmy Johnson said, if Troy Aikman was caught sleeping in team meetings, he would just tell Troy to wake up. If it was a backup LB sleeping in team meetings, he'd cut him after practice.
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