Cyber Monday Shopping at Work? Most CIOs Say “Yes”

CIOs gave workers an early holiday gift this year: Most will allow employees to shop online this Cyber Monday.

Less than one-third (29 percent) of CIOs interviewed by Robert Half Technology said their companies block access to online shopping. Another 16 percent said they allow unfettered access to online shopping sites – up six points from last year’s survey.

Why the change? More businesses understand that employees need flexibility during the hectic holiday season and are allowing some online shopping at work – within reason.

“Employees appreciate being able to attend to occasional personal business, like holiday shopping, while at work,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Allowing them to tackle personal to-do lists at work can increase productivity because employees are spared the traffic delays and long lines that accompany holiday crowds.”

Just Don’t Shop ‘Till You Drop

However, if you’re planning to bag some bargains at work this Cyber Monday, don’t abuse relaxed company policies. Avoid spending excessive time at work on non-business activities.

Here are three tips from Robert Half Technology's press release for online shoppers during the holidays:

1. Understand the policy. Don’t assume your company’s web policy is unrestrictive just because you haven’t gotten official word. Check the company handbook, and ask around. If the policy is not clear, play it safe and use times like your lunch hour to shop.

2. Don’t get ‘lost in cyberspace.’ With all the deals on Cyber Monday, you may be tempted to spend hours on end scooping up bargains. If your goal is to shop until you drop, take a vacation day.

3. Limit online ‘window shopping.’ Conduct product research and price comparisons on your own time so you can make online purchases quickly — and get back to work faster.

Need a breather from all that shopping? Here's some Cyber Monday humor.