IT Management Slideshow: Holiday Shopping at Work: Nine Rules to Set for Employees

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 12-20-2011
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The last thing you need is for employees to think they've found a great deal on a product featured on an unknown Website, only to discover that their personal information has been stolen and your network breached. Going to reputable sites means the difference between safety and trouble.

With the holiday season upon us, the amount of stress floating around your office right now is probably at a tipping point. It's natural throughout the year for employees to engage in personal activities while at work but there's nothing like the year-end holiday season to ratchet up the distraction level. Whether it's checking on shipments or shopping online, there are typically far more distractions in the office in December than there are any other times of the year. For you, that means security and productivity issues could become a problem. Some CIOs decide that rather, than deal with those problems, they will block access to shipping services, such as UPS, and the ecommerce sites that use them. But that's a pretty Grinch-like move. For one thing, workers will likely opt to access those sites from their smartphones or tablets. Even worse, they might try to find their way around the firewall and use your network to access Amazon, eBay, or countless other shopping sites. So, the best thing to do when it comes to holiday shopping activities in the office is to manage it with education. Here's what you need to tell your employees about shopping online.



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