You have heard of Black Friday, Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, and all of these days have an effect on your business. Black Friday and Local Saturday may help you meet sales goals and increase your business. Cyber Monday may increase your business also, if you are an on-line retailer. If you are not, Cyber Monday may decrease your workforce productivity.
According to CareerBuilder, 49% of employees will shop on-line from work this holiday season. Starting with Cyber Monday, 16% of employees will shop on line today. Here are some other statistics from CareerBuilders Cyber Monday Internet Usage Study:
• Shopping from the office is most common in the weeks leading up to December 25, with 30 percent saying they’re most likely to shop from work after December 7.
• A higher percentage of women (43 percent) have shopped online while at the office, compared to men (36 percent).
• Some 25 percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activity.
• Another 7 percent of hiring managers have fired an employee for holiday shopping at work.
• Over half of all employers — 53 percent — block employees from accessing certain websites.
Read the survey here.
Is allowing your employees the ability to shop on-line from work a good idea? John Hollon from TLNT.com thinks so. In his article (which you can read here, Mr. Hollon thinks that allowing your employees the ability to do some shopping at work gives a better home/work balance that will make them more productive. Also, it makes for a nice little perk, and keeps your employees from sneaking around and shopping anyway.
We would love to hear what you think. Post a comment below, and give us a call to discuss how Managepoint can be your HR provider, allowing you to focus on your business.