But analysts say you shouldn’t take advantage
It’s Cyber Monday, and chances are if you are shopping for Christmas gifts online while you’re at work, your boss has given you the okay to do so.
According to a recent survey just 33 percent of companies block access to online shopping sites. That's down from 60 percent a year ago. So what's going on here? Paul Spiegelman of Beryl Companies has a theory.
“I think they’re being more tolerant because they want to create a better engagement with their employees and being more tolerant in ways that don’t damage the business is a good thing,” Spiegelman told KTRH.
Spiegelman says that while your boss is being nice, he wants you to be reasonable.
“I also think they need to set expectations. Rather than having the employee request time off, they are making the time available to their employees. But they want you to be reasonable and make sure you get your work done,” Spiegelman explained.
Gerry Burns of Manpower Inc. says there might be a simpler reason as to why your boss is being so nice all of a sudden. He or she might just be sick of telling you to stop logging on to Amazon.com or Overstock.com.
“Rather than fight their employees they are giving them the option to do it as part of the holiday,” Burns said.
But he also told KTRH there’s another reason why companies aren’t getting upset with shopping during the workday at Christmas time.
“In reality business slows down during the holidays, anyway,” Burns said.
And apparently we aren't just shopping at our desk. Another recent survey found that 38 million Americans admit to shopping while they're using the restroom.