Online Shopping At Work
Whether it’s Cyber Monday, Christmas shopping or January sales, online shopping at work can store up problems for employers. Employers take differing approaches to internet use that is not work related. Some ban all personal use of company facilities, while others allow employees to access the internet at work as long as the level of use is reasonable and/or is during breaks.
Here are my Top Tips to giving employees some leeway to use the internet during working hours:
- Have a written policy that makes clear what approach the organisation takes – ideally setting clear limits on the time allowed and the sort of sites that may
- Remind employees of your policy and how these relate to specific events, such as Cyber Monday.
- Where an employee breaches the rules, address the issue as soon as it comes to light. You might do this informally if the offence is minor.
- If the offence is serious or the employee persistently breaks the rules, you may wish to invoke the disciplinary procedure.
- Treat everyone fairly and consistently to avoid allegations of unfair or discriminatory treatment.
All this applies regardless of whether the employee is doing their Christmas shopping, researching their next summer holiday or catching up on sports results.