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Counting the cost of Christmas e-shopping in office hours

04 November, 2008
The ease of on-line shopping is seeing fewer employees taking half-day holidays to hit the pre-Christmas high streets and more of them spending company time shopping on-line
Everyone is tightening their belts as the credit crunch deepens and while companies are trying to cut their expenses, so too are their employees. Many don't see much harm in popping onto their favourite on-line shop during "quieter" moments at work to see what Christmas bargains are on offer and genuinely believe that since there's no pornography or gambling opportunities on the Marks and Spencers site, they're not breaking any rules.

However, the true cost of this casual surfing at the office is bigger than they could imagine. To demonstrate this, UK based web filtering company Bloxx has added a simple calculator to its site to provide some idea about how much this could cost your organisation.

Actually, the default costs loaded into the calculator are very conservative since the true costs of having an employee on the premises are much higher than that employee's hourly rate with many companies (particularly in the manufacturing sector) using a blanket figure of £50,000 per year for costing purposes for each person they employ, regardless of salary.

With Christmas approaching very quickly, there's not much time to act since installing web filtering technology is only part of the picture. For any IT security technology to be effective, it needs to be supported by a policy and enforcement so that employees know what you're doing, why you're doing it and what the consequences are likely to be for any breach of policy.

Similarly, simply having a "no online shopping" policy without the technology to support it is worthless and Bloxx supplies simple, adaptable and very user-friendly filtering technology that is adaptable enough to block on-line shopping sites without preventing procurement personnel from accessing supplier catalogues or from the marketing department performing competitive analysis.

Take a look at the Bloxx calculator HERE
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