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Report: More than a third of Canadian workers use office resources for online shopping


November 20, 2019
By Canadian Security Staff

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According to a report published by staffing and recruitment firm Robert Half Technology, about two in five Canadians (38 per cent, based on results from a recent survey conducted by the company) will engage in “workshopping” during the holiday seasons — making purchases online using corporate devices.

The survey indicates that about three-quarters of employers allow the practice, but 55 per cent said they would rather their employees not do it. Security risks (62 per cent) and loss of productivity (30 per cent) are two of the biggest concerns.

“Tech leaders should anticipate an increase in online shopping this time of year and make a proactive effort to refresh and communicate IT security policies with their teams,” said Deborah Bottineau, district director for Robert Half Technology, in a statement. “Ensuring employees limit their browsing time and understand safe online practices can mitigate potential risks to the organization and help staff stay productive both at and outside of work.”

The survey also indicates workers 18 to 34 are the most likely to “workshop” (47 per cent), followed by 35-54 (38 per cent), then workers 55 and older (17 per cent).