According to a recent Careerbuilder survey, 20% of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activities. This same survey notes that 32% of US employees planned to do their Holiday shopping online while on the job, up from 29% last year. Although most employers are lenient during the Holiday season, workers shouldn’t assume that their personal shopping will go unnoticed or unpunished.
Most companies have strict Internet usage policies which prohibits online shopping, personal email and the use of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and / or Myspace. Some companies take it a step further and block undesirable sites and regularly monitor employee email and Internet usage.
To avoid an untimely termination during this Holiday season,
Carefully read your company’s Internet usage policy. If you do not have a copy, ask the Human Resource Manager or CIO for the latest version. If you do not understand the policy, ask to have it clarified.
Always assume that everything you do online is monitored by someone in your company
If your organization allows personal Internet usage, limit the amount of company time you spend shopping online, updating social media sites or sending personal email
Be selective about the verbiage in your emails and the Internet sites you visit
Don’t forward profane jokes or chain email to your boss or coworkers
The best way to avoid an unnecessary termination is to do your Holiday shopping, your personal email and online socializing from your personal computer on your own time.