As many as half of U.S. workers plan to spend some time at work doing some holiday shopping online, a number that’s up 3 percent from last year, according to a new CareerBuilder Cyber Monday survey.
The question is: Do employers really care if employees are spending a portion of their time on the clock purchasing holiday gifts, or are they more concerned with said employee’s performance? As it turns out, more than 1 in 3 employers (35 percent) admit that even if an employee’s performance is not affected by non-work related emails and websites, they don’t want them doing so on company time.
What does this mean for you?
Interestingly, a growing number of employers (12 percent, compared to last year’s 8 percent) say they’ve fired someone for holiday shopping online while at work. Whereas a much greater number (56 percent) admit that their organization resorts to restricting certain websites so employees won’t even have the temptation.
Is that the right course of action for employers? According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder:
In a world where the lines between the professional and personal are becoming more and more blurred every day, it’s not surprising that more employees are bringing personal activities to the workplace. 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.