New research has revealed that many employees are planning to use company time to complete their Christmas shopping next week.
The study conducted by employment law firm Peninsula revealed that 38 per cent of employees will use their time at work to shop for gifts on Monday December 10th, reports Onrec.com.
In total, this activity is expected to cost business in the UK £90 million, with research indicating that the second Monday in December sees online shopping activity peak.
Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula, said: "Websites entice employees to spend more time browsing and this can easily intrude into company time."
Policies on internet use ought to be made clear and managers should "continually" remind their employees that company facilities should not be "abused", he stated.
In related news, financial firm AXA recently called for businesses to allow their employees an hour from work to sort out their finances.
ClickAJob chief executive Yngve Traberg acknowledges the problem, but recognises that internet access is increasingly necessary for business.
"Web access is more dynamic than other communication systems," he says. "But preventing staff from using it is like locking the phone or preventing ordinary post."
He adds: "Employers need to get closer to partnerships with staff, so that everyone agrees and shares a responsible attitude for its use. As a major resource for inspiration and research the internet is essential."
Mr Traberg concurs on the discipline however.
"Companies need to implement acceptable use policy for internet access and brief their staff properly about such rules," he says.
"Additionally there are products available that enable stringent control of your office network and reduce the risk of abuse and time waste. These should be deployed wherever possible."