With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, most of us will be picking up coffee on the way into work Monday morning with five days of work in front of us. However, the Monday after Thanksgiving can also have a “holiday-feel” as retailers hype up Cyber Monday – supposedly THE DAY to shop online. If you are tempted to browse in between meetings, have you considered whether it is OK to shop online at work?
Every workplace has different norms and policies. What is your company’s IT policy? Using company hardware or the web interface for personal use is often strictly prohibited, or at best, it can only be used for a limited time during the day. Most companies will have the capability to monitor every email, every website visited, and all documents created and stored on your computer. One time I called the help desk and the service representative asked me if I owned a Harley (which I do). He had tracked the websites I visited where I was looking for new shocks for the bike. Cyber attacks are on the rise and the company has every right to protect their equipment, their information and intellectual property. Company security is everyone’s responsibility – not just the IT department, and your mobile device, tablet or laptop may become a gateway for hackers.
In addition to the cyber security issues, we need to be mindful of keeping up our productivity as the holiday season kicks off. What do you need to accomplish before the work year ends? Most work place activity slows down to a crawl during the last two weeks of December, so this is your time to kick it in high gear and wrap up some projects.
I suggest making your Cyber Monday wish list tonight, and hitting the GO button when you get home. The good news about Cyber Monday is that it lasts until 11:59 p.m. I wish you a great start to the holidays, and if you decide to shop online on Cyber Monday, here is a quick link to get you started! www.cybermonday.com