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Planning on Shopping At Work This Holiday Season? Think Again!

A recent survey conducted by Robert Half Technology reveals that Employers plan to be proactive in preventing online shopping at work this holiday season.

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just days away, nearly half (48 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed by Robert Half Technology said they will block access to online shopping sites; another one-third (34 percent) said they allow access but monitor activity for excessive use. The CIOs whose companies allow shopping said they expect employees to spend three hours per week, on average, bagging online deals while at work this holiday season. Fourteen percent of respondents allow unrestricted access to online shopping sites.

So what does this mean for employees? Wake up early or stay up late to do your ownline shopping as employers do monitor computer use and excessive online shopping can put your job at risk. Employers can take preventative measures by reminding employees about the company's policies on personal Internet usage at work. Employers may avoid this situation all together by allowing employees additional time off from work to make their holiday purchases.

'Tis the season so add some holiday cheer. Just make sure you don't revert to becoming a Scrooge after you knowingly allow employees to bend the rules of Internet usage during the holidays.

Have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

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