Here are three essentials things to do before Black Friday comes around:
- Draw your employees’ attention to your rules on internet and mobile phone use
It’s worth reminding employees of the company rules in your Employee Handbook, in particular regarding internet, email and computers at work. Whilst some occasional personal use during rest breaks may be tolerated, your policy should make it clear that work systems are for business use and excessive personal use is not permitted and will be treated as misconduct.
Similarly, you should have clear rules on mobile phones. Your rules may state that personal mobile phones should be switched off or in silent mode during working hours, or alternatively you may set out that calls and texts on personal mobile phones should wherever possible be limited to formal rest breaks.
Whether you decide to be a bit more flexible on this occasion is up to you but make sure that everyone knows what is expected of them and what the consequences are if they do breach the rules.