A Phenomenon Every Employer Has to Come to Grips With

Ever notice how online shopping days almost always occur only during the week, and hardly ever fall on a weekend? Furthermore, you are very unlikely to come across a shopping festival online that encompasses a weekend, unless of course there’s a special holiday or occasion on that particular weekend. And you know what, I have my own theory about this.

This theory has all to do with the fact that people spend lots of their time at work shopping for everything from gadgets such as phones, tablets, cameras, clothes, TVs, furniture, stationery and much more online. Heck, you can even get all your grocery shopping done online, and people are hardly going to spend some of their waking hours at a departmental store, when they can just as easily get it all done from the comfort of their desks at the office, securely ensconced in its oh so well-appointed environs! Furthermore, the internet bandwidth speed is a lot better and quicker round at the office, prompting more employees to put this bandwidth to good use, and get their shopping done quicker and faster. Now, that’s also the reason why you’re likely to find the best deals on anything from corporate gifts online, to the latest fashion accessories during the week.

So take note, employers – the next time any one of your employee seems overly involved with his computer screen, or staring intently into it as if his life depended on it, he or she is most probably involved in hunting for that amazing bargain on the phone that he or she has always coveted, or simply looking for one of the latest gifts for his or her beloved online.

Moreover, now that you think about it, most people at the office are highly unlikely to use up their personal time at home to shop online (unless they absolutely have to) when they can just as well get it all done during their work hours, for reasons stated previously. Besides taking a big bite out of their internet package at home, they would much rather use this time to kick back and relax or even watch the latest television shows or the movie they downloaded just last week. Given the choice between hunting for some corporate gifts online and watching the latest blockbuster, I’m sure you’re smart enough to know what any normal human being would choose to do.

That said, I don’t really think this phenomenon has any real detrimental effect on the way any office functions. Do you remember how offices tried to ban a whole lot of sites in the early days, restricting access to just a few essentials? Well, that’s quite crazy, and extreme given today’s office scenario. Moreover, that just made people look for alternatives such as proxy servers to circumvent these restrictions, and effectively ensured that people devoted less time to their work in the process. Now, however, businesses have woken up, and have allowed employees almost uninhibited use of the internet, and this helps people achieve and enjoy more work life balance. More importantly, this move respects the employees, and trusts them to do the right thing at all times. Sure, they are bound to go looking for bargains on groceries, televisions, mobile phones and corporate gifts online every now and again, but that’s not going to prevent any responsible and reasonable employee from doing justice to his or her role or job, now is it? I definitely don’t think so!