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PedroGonzales
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11/25/2015 | 12:35:20 PM
Big brother is watching
I think once companies start punishing employees for doing other things at company then people will become serious.  My friend was telling that at this office, people are using Facebook, shopping, etc.  As the article said, once they start cracking down, it could impact your performance at the end of year.  The HR person could say, you didn't get a raise because we could you multiple times doing other things and not work
Brian.Dean
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11/25/2015 | 5:12:48 PM
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Individuals should display a high level of professionalism at the workplace and make a distinction between, company resources and personal resources. Every situation is unique and there can be times where shipping online is beneficial to the company for instance, an employee ordering winter shoes because they do not want to slip or feel cold during the walk to the subway. And, if the company is in the retail business then, a few employees might actually have it in their job description to keep track of the marketplace.
Technocrati
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11/25/2015 | 8:40:33 PM
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@Brian.Dean   I agree.  Professionalism is very important and it is great that you point out that there are times when shopping online does serve a business related purpose, but we have all seen those who do everything but work with their computers.

I am not sure those who spend all day on Facebook while at work could actually live without it.   This is a decision a company will have to make.

SunitaT0
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11/25/2015 | 11:44:33 PM
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@technocrati: quite correct. I don't allow any of my subordinates to browse shopping sites. They may browse social media and adjacent news sites on work but as long as they fulfill their duties. I used to allow online shopping because I myself am an online shopping freak, but I stopped after I saw because of me management had to take a blow from the chairmen.
SunitaT0
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11/25/2015 | 11:47:21 PM
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@pedro: it does hamper your ability to make correct decisions. For example I remember an employee of mine who got an amazing deal on Amazon but he was called to a meeting before he could "add to cart" the item, and was so impatient at meeting because he feared by the time he got there it would have been stocked out, and when he saw that indeed that was the case he just flipped out.
SunitaT0
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11/25/2015 | 11:49:31 PM
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@brian dean: workplace is workplace. Unless you work for an online retailer and it is your job to check out the deals offered by your competition on the internet shopping sites. If that isn't the case then its better to stay out of the grasp of this Maya.
Whoopty
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11/26/2015 | 7:55:43 AM
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Although I do agree, I would imagine bosses that allow a few minutes of checking here and there and a bit more of a lenient approach are much more likely to have happy employees. If they feel they're being watched every minute they're more likely to act out.

Of course there will always be those that take advantage of the situation though.
Gary_EL
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11/26/2015 | 9:55:41 PM
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A little bit once in a while should be OK. But the employee should remember that s(he) is there primarily to work and to earn enough money to be able to shop - Not to Shop
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11/27/2015 | 2:05:19 AM
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This is an interesting article during this time period. I think it's better to provide access to these sites for the staff with a control mechanism. This will help the busy people to do online shopping.  
shamika
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11/27/2015 | 2:07:23 AM
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@ PedroGonzales I agree with you. But it is always better to have work life balance. I think I am fortunate to work for a company which values the employee work life balance with work.
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