TO SHOP OR NOT AT WORK
I SEE A LOT OF MY CO-WORKERS BUYING CHRISTMAS GIFTS ONLINE AND GETTING THEM DELIVERED TO THE OFFICE. ISN’T THIS A MISUSE OF COMPANY RESOURCES?
DARREN BUCHANAN MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYS QUEENSLAND
While your time at work should be spent working, not shopping for gifts online, it is becoming more acceptable to have online shopping delivered to workplaces. Some people cannot have parcels delivered to their home because they either require a signature or there is not a secure place for items to be left. Others are not able to get to a post office or depot during opening hours, particularly full-time employees. Having parcels delivered to their workplace is therefore understandable. Having said that, it is important to be considerate and not over-do it. If you are unsure, ask your manager.
SINEAD HOURIGAN BRISBANE DIRECTOR, ROBERT WALTERS
These days, people spend a lot of time at work and as long as people are being sensible about how much time they spend shopping online, I don’t imagine this should be an issue. On the flip side, if people spend an inordinate amount of time online shopping and it is affecting the workload of other people, then it should not be allowed to continue. I don’t think having things delivered to the office should be considered a misuse of company resources. I find it impossible to get parcels delivered to home as I am never there during the day so getting things delivered to work is a necessity.
JULIE FORD SENIOR EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT, McARTHUR
When online shopping first became a thing, many organisations restricted access to shopping sites. Some still do. Recent surveys indicate that perception has changed in the business world, recognising that for many employees, it’s the only way they shop and it’s more secure delivering to the office than left on doorsteps. At McArthur, we offer staff time off for Christmas shopping as an employee benefit, so it’s reasonable that shopping online is no different. However, staff still need to focus on productivity and businesses need to be clear about boundaries by having clear policy and monitoring use.
DR NERIDA HILLBERG DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, FERRIS MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS
Yes it is. Many organisations are now adopting policies on internet use during office hours. Companies are outlining what is permissible on a work-provided device during work time. Even without a formal policy, it’s highly unprofessional as well as unfair to colleagues doing the right thing by their employer. When the work environment isn’t perceived as equitable and fair, organisational culture suffers. My advice is to demonstrate how much more productive and valuable you are than your online shopping colleagues. Bosses do notice.