A recent survey has shown that more than ten million employees in the UK are shopping online during work hours.

Online shopping at work has been an increasing trend over the years, as the ability to purchase items over the internet has revolutionised the way we buy things. From luxury items to gifts and groceries; people enjoy being able to shop and purchase items online, without the need to visit a shop.

Consequently, more staff are being tempted to do their online shopping at work during working hours. They recent survey commissioned by Give as you Live, a price comparison website, looked at the habits of 2012 people regarding online shopping.

The results showed that a third of employees have admitted to perusing the internet doing their online shopping at work. Looking at the numbers for the total UK workforce, there are potentially 10.21 million members of staff online shopping at work, instead of earning their salary.

Employees admitted to spending on average, 24 minutes a day browsing and buying online. This equates to employees spending 96 hours a year online shopping at work – without doubt a worrying statistic for employers.

The survey also showed that the most popular time to do online shopping at work is 11am on a Monday morning with an average spend of £77.49.

How to deal with employees online shopping at work?

It’s no secret that employees shop online during work hours, especially looking at the recent survey by Give as you Live. But how can employers deal with this?

Performance Management is a key component for an effective Human Resources strategy. Dealing with employees that often take advantage during work hours to do their online shopping, for example, can be difficult and a sensitive issue to handle.

A service often outsourced to our HR experts or discussed in consultations, performance management takes in a number of HR methods to deal with employees, including training and development projects and mentoring.


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