Handle shirking while the boss is away
We are a small company with under 10 employees. When myself or another VP is out of the office, many of the employees gather around an talk. Basically, goof off. I know this because when one person has work to do and I return to the office, they tend to communicate things like "welcome to the party" or "welcome to the zoo".
What are some best practices to make sure people are working when "the cats away"? They all have work to do, it is that they are choosing not to do it. Is it a case of just finding better employees?