Did You Know?
The holiday season is a favorite time of year for many people, but it might not be the best time of year for the nation’s employers. In addition to vacation time during the holiday season, businesses must also contend with online holiday shopping. A recent survey by St. Bernard, a developer and marketer of Internet security appliances and services, found that 76 percent of the nearly 300 organizations surveyed do not block employee Internet access to online shopping sites. Many employees take advantage of this policy, or lack thereof, and St. Bernard even notes that employers should expect a 50 to 75 percent increase in non-business related Internet usage during the holiday season. That figure is based not only on lax Internet policies at the office, but also on employees’ own responses to various surveys, such as one in 2005 wherein 37 percent of respondents to a survey conducted by BIGresearch admitted they planned to use Internet access at work to browse or buy gifts online.