So much to do, so little time.
That’s the lament of the season, whether workers are scrambling to complete a project by year-end, or cross off items from their personal holiday shopping list.
More employers now believe allowing online shopping during the workday is the expedient way to ensure that both personal and professional duties get accomplished, according to John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.
In a RHT survey of chief information officers at 1,400 firms, only one-third of respondents reported that their company would block access to online shopping, significantly lower than the 60 percent of firms that prohibited shopping last year.
Reed attributed the more liberal policies to a recognition that allowing online shopping actually enhances productivity since “workers are spared the traffic delays and long lines” that could significantly lengthen a lunch hour shopping trip.
Don’t know what your company policy is? Check the employee handbook, suggests Lisa Orndorff, manager of employee relations and engagement at the Society for Human Resource Management.
If companies have an all-out ban on online shopping, it is likely that shopping sites would be blocked from access through workplace computers, since “that’s the easiest way to enforce the ban,” says Orndorff.
Even if there are no outright prohibitions, it makes sense to avoid excessive shopping, warns Reed, since non-business activities at the workplace can raise the boss’s eyebrows. Moreover, the survey shows that of the 60 percent of employers who allow shopping, all but five percent monitor computer activity for excessive use.
Since employers are likely to monitor computer activity, it’s prudent to hunt for gifts available from questionable sites – like those offering racy underwear – on a home computer, warns Orndorff.
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