If you have small children, a full-time job and an interest
in keeping up fashionable appearances, prepare for some bad
news: The era of sneaking in some online shopping at work may
be coming to an end.
A recent survey by Robert Half Technology, a company that
helps businesses find information technology professionals,
found that 60 percent of more than 1400 chief information
officers interviewed said their companies block access to
online shopping sites - up from 48 percent last year.
And an additional 23 percent of CIOs said that although their
companies do allow access to shopping sites, they monitor
employees for excessive use.
Andy Riabokin, the Los Angeles branch manager of Robert Half
Technology, says he doesn't find the results of the survey
"Online shopping has been on the rise for about 10 years," he
said. "The fact that a little more than half of companies are
restricting it makes sense."
It turns out all this surreptitious online shopping can add
up to some serious time.
CIOs who work for firms where online shopping is not blocked
said on average they expect employees to spend four hours a
week surfing the Internet for deals during the holiday
Riabokin suggests that people who work at companies that do
not restrict access to shopping websites still be mindful of
the time they spend on them. If you work for a company of a
fairly substantial size, you should assume that your company
is either tracking your every move online or at least has
"Rest assured that everything you click on is being watched,"
he said. "So don't be surprised if you get a note from [human
relations] that says, ‘We notice you've been on a certain
site a lot.' They can track your every move."