HR Strange But True!
December 06, 2011

A majority of workplaces have at least a few employees chipping away at their holiday gift lists during work hours, according to a recent BLR poll.

The poll asked readers, “Are your employees shopping online during work hours?” Here are the responses:

Yes, but it’s no big deal.
No, because it’s strictly prohibited.
Yes, and it’s a significant distraction/problem.
Let me get back to you after I finish my online shopping.

Surprisingly, 40 percent of HR and compensation pros said online shopping during working hours occurs at their workplace, but isn’t a big deal. Nearly 20 percent admitted to shopping themselves!

However, this is not to say that surfing the Web for personal reasons during work is an accepted practice. According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 22 percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work-related activity. Furthermore, 7 percent of HR managers have fired an employee for online holiday shopping.



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