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Posted November 16, 2012 by

Smaller Number of CIOs Limiting Workers from Online Shopping During the Holidays

Some companies are softening their stances when it comes to employees shopping online this holiday season.

Just in time for Cyber Monday, a new survey suggests companies are a little more lenient today when it comes to letting employees shop online during business hours. Only one-third (33 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed by staffing firm Robert Half Technology said their companies block access to online shopping sites – down from 60 percent last year. Another 55 percent said they allow access but monitor activity for excessive use. One in 10 (10 percent) reported that their firms allow unrestricted access. (more…)

Posted December 07, 2011 by

More companies restrict online shopping at work

If you are trying to get some holiday shopping done while on the job, it may be more challenging this year than last.

Workers looking for a jump-start on their holiday gift lists will have a harder time browsing for bargains at the office. The majority (60 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed by Robert Half Technology said their companies block access to online shopping sites – up from 48 percent last year. Another 23 percent said they allow access but monitor activity for excessive use. The CIOs whose firms allow online shopping said they expect employees to spend four hours per week, on average, surfing for deals this holiday season.

CIOs were asked, “What is your company’s policy regarding employees shopping online while at work?” Their responses: (more…)