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Online shopping during work good for workers

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 30 November 2009, 10:23 Hrs   |    7 Comments
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Online shopping during work good for workers
Bangalore: Employees spending time shopping online at work can be frustrating for employers, but an expert suggests that a little time out from work might not affect workers' performances as believed by bosses.

"When you spend over 40 hours a week at work, it's no surprise that employees turn to their office computers to get some holiday shopping done," said Dr. Claire Simmers, Co-author of the study. She believes that instead of focusing on workers shopping on the company's dime, employers should turn their attention to performance outcomes.

"We've got to get away from basing performance on those eight hours," said Claire. "If an employee spends an hour surfing the net, but an entire weekend working on a report, there should be trust that both are equally benefiting from this relationship," she added.

Claire said that all employers need to accept that their workforce might also use their personal cell phones or other devices to shop for gifts. "With mobile technology, it's a whole new ballgame," she said. Instead of holiday shopping on the company computer, many employees will use their personal technology to shop for gifts. For an employer to police that kind of activity is nearly impossible, she added.

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Reader's comments(7)
1: But this can also mean that workers will start visiting other sites and waste their time..
Posted by:Nathan - 30 Nov, 2009
Ask yourself whether you have allowed your workers to avail the entitled leaves in full or are you taxing them overtime without break. When my employer forces me directly or other wise to spend 18 hours a day & 7 days a week with the company, it is quite likely my personal affairs will need to be attended within the extensive working hours. When employers like you respect 9 to 5 working hours 5 days a week only, every employee will maximize focus on work during the hours. However, that is probably too much to ask.
SPG Replied to: Nathan - 01 Dec, 2009
Working 8 hours non-stop is a robot's job, not human! Nathan should be an entrepreneur running his own business and that's why this comment i guess :)
John Manoah Replied to: Nathan - 30 Nov, 2009
Let me ask nathan ,how much productive you are . The discipline should come from the emplyoee himself herself.Imposing any curb on these kind of silly things will be counter productive.Lots of management studies carried out relating to the human behaviour and none of them advocate these curbs.
BETA Replied to: Nathan - 30 Nov, 2009
I think the outcome or result should matter not which sites are being visited, little bit of relaxation can make thought process efficient.
Alpha Replied to: Nathan - 30 Nov, 2009
Nobody can be 100% productive EVERY day. We are not robots. beside that, studies have shown that even a nap during work would increase our productivity.

As for the online shopping for Christmas at the office, employers must create an Acceptable Internet Usage Policy and inform their employees about its importance and the risks of not following it. i think that the major issue is not with the employees spending half on hour shopping online, the problem is with those spending a few hours on non-work related activities.
Anca Replied to: Alpha - 10 Dec, 2009
This vision is narrow minded Nathan.
Rajiv Replied to: Nathan - 30 Nov, 2009