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What CIOs Think About Online Holiday Shopping At Work
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impactnow
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11/30/2015 | 8:28:30 PM
Tis the season for employee morale

Unless it is abused I never had an issue with an employee doing some online shopping while at work. There are times when an employee can shop and work such as on a conference call where the shopping saves the employee time and they can still effectively get their job done. During the holidays many employees are stretched and office holiday parties and functions take employees away from their desks regularly, add to this the pressure of the holidays to shop and plan family gatherings and it makes for a stressful season. I would rather have employees shop a little during the holidays than leave work early or take days out of the office to meet their holiday commitments.  I have an HR idea why not introduce a shopping hour for employees during the holiday season.  An easy way to show employee appreciation with little to no cost!

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11/30/2015 | 11:45:17 AM
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@Gary_El: I agree with you, it is bad enough that engineers have to oppose the tyrannical schemes of the Managing body (and I'm saying this out on a limb here, almost 80% of all Managements are poor in managing employees) so if the engineers got some flexible boss they would feel more welcome. 
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11/30/2015 | 8:54:33 AM
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Agreed, shamika. Balance has to go both ways.

Pedro, that sounds like an extreme example. I'm guessing that individual has other performance issues if he couldn't focus on the task at hand thinking an online deal might expire during a meeting. If you are that worried about it, you probably shouldn't be doing anything remotely personal while at work.
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11/30/2015 | 8:52:05 AM
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I can understand for an hourly employee. Salaried employees need to be treated differently. There is a natural give and take for a salaried employee where the commitment is to get the job requirements completed, but not necessarily between 8 and 5. If you trust your staff and they aren't letting quality or service sink, I believe it's reasonable to allow some online shopping at work. We strive for balance in our workplace culture, which means some of "home" comes into work sometimes, and some of "work" goes home. All in all, I think "work" is getting the better end of the deal. I'll gladly trade 15-20 minutes of online shopping during the day for 15-20 (and likely a lot more) of evening catch-up time if that is what's required for my teams to meet their commitments and deliverables.
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shamika,
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11/28/2015 | 8:49:20 PM
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@sachinee, seems it is a good practice. However do you think it is practical all the time? 
shamika
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shamika,
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11/28/2015 | 8:46:53 PM
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@Technocrati, true. Social media was restricted in most of the organizations I have worked for. Having access to social media could lead towards data confidentiality breaches.
shamika
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shamika,
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11/28/2015 | 8:39:37 PM
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@sachinee I agree with you. However I think, spending a couple of minutes to browse through will not make a big harm to the company hours.  Further what if there is no way for them to take a time off due to lack of resources especially during a festival season?
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11/28/2015 | 12:48:29 PM
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Well, I've been a home-based freelancer for a long time now, so I don't really know how it goes in a modern work environment. Maybe because today's full-time employee really is a FULL time employee, and (s)he is alway working, some time off has to be allowed so the ordinary tasks of non-work life can be taken care of.
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SachinEE,
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11/28/2015 | 12:44:51 PM
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@whoopty: Of course they do. You can't control everything. But it is okay as long as I don't catch you red handed and as long as you do your job.
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11/28/2015 | 12:42:49 PM
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@SunitaT0: I agree. It hampers their decision making skills because their mind is where the website is giving the hot deal.
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