The majority of those who give out holiday presents (75 per cent)
do so because they want to, not because they feel obligated.
“Holiday events are a perfect opportunity for organizations
to recognize their employees’ accomplishments throughout the
year and give them something to look forward to,” said Koula
Vasilopoulos, district president for OfficeTeam. “Celebrations
don’t need to be extravagant or elaborate to get workers in the
festive spirit. Events that include a charitable focus and involve
staff in the planning process can be meaningful and inspire
Vasilopoulos’s advice for workers? “While attending seasonal
work festivities is typically encouraged, gift-giving is optional. If
you do choose to give, remember that the thoughtfulness behind a
present should matter more than its dollar value.”
FORTY-THREE PER CENT OF EMPLOYEES PLAN ON
“WORKSHOPPING” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
“Workshoppers” – employees who shop online from the office
using corporate devices – are common in the office, new research
shows. According to a survey by staffing firm Robert Half
Technology, more than two in five professionals in Canada said
they plan to shop online from work this holiday season.
But are employers OK with it? Half (50 per cent) of tech-nology
decision makers said they prefer employees refrain from
shopping online during business hours or using a company device,
even though 79 per cent said their company policy allows for it.
Security risks (61 per cent) and loss of productivity (36 per cent)
are the top concerns among tech leaders of staff using company
devices for personal purchases.
“Employees are an organization’s first line of defence in miti-gating
IT risks, which is why it is so important that technology
leaders make an ongoing effort to refresh and reiterate online
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