Employees Ignore Risks of Online Holiday Shopping

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-12-08 Email

Regardless of the potential consequences, a great many employees shop for the holidays on both company computers and their personal mobile devices while on the job, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. A significant number of them will spend at least an hour doing so this year, findings reveal. Surprisingly, IT pros are among the three most likely groups of workers to do this. It's a risky endeavor, as a notable share of employers said they've fired staffers for shopping online while they were supposed to be working. And companies are more likely to monitor Web usage this holiday season than they did last year. However, these monitoring practices may do more harm than good, CareerBuilder cautions, especially for companies that want to offer employees an appealing corporate culture. "In a world where the lines between the professional and personal [lives] are becoming more blurred every day, it's not surprising that more employees are bringing personal activities to the workplace," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Employees should follow the rules, but employers should be careful not to micromanage. The issue should be more about performance than about what employees are doing with their time." More than 3,320 workers and 2,325 hiring managers and HR pros took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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