What your choice of Internet browser says about your work ethic

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  • Apparently it says quite a lot

    Are you a Chrome, a Firefox or a Safari user? You’ve probably got a preference. You might be a Chrome user who thinks anyone on Safari might as well trade in their car for a penny farthing, or you might be a Safari user who hates the fact that Chrome sucks away your battery life like a digital vampire and adds a lot of unnecessarily frills to what should be a simple browsing experience.

    Or, you know, you could just use whatever they’ve installed on your work computer.

    And because for every mundane element of your day there’s a study out there that’s going to unpick it, author and professor Adam Grant from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has just published a book called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, in which our choice of browser is linked to our work ethic.

    Within the book Adam references a study by a statistician and business analyst Michael Housman, also dubbed ‘The Workforce Scientist.’ This study looked at 30 000 customer service agents and found that our choice of browser signifies specific characteristics.

    And it’s bad news for Explorer and Safari users, showing they had ‘less commitment in the workplace.’ Firefox and Chrome users, on the other hand, were ‘likely to remain in their job 15% longer than Safari or Explorer users’ and were ‘19% less likely to miss work than Safari or Explorer users.’ Their work also showed ‘higher sales’ and ‘higher customer service satisfaction levels.’

    So if you’re still using Safari* it might be time for an upgrade…

    *This article was written on Firefox

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