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Half of workforce shops at work during holiday season

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)—Nearly half of all workers will spend some time this holiday season shopping online according to CareerBuilder's Cyber Monday Internet usage study.        

The same study found that 25 percent of employers have fired someone for using the internet for non work related internet activity.

John Parshall, IT Director for La Crosse County, one of the largest employers in the county, said they block employees from shopping online.

The county uses a program called Websense to block web sites that aren't work related, including shopping sites.

If someone does need to visit a site that is blocked, they need to submit and request explaining why the site needed for work.

At the county, if someone breaks their internet usage policy they'll be disciplined by their manager and could lose their job or internet access.

"We are a government agency," Parshall said. "We have to answer to tax payers. We have to make sure that they're getting their money worth and we're focused on work on hand and there is always more work than people."

Steve Salerno, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, School District of La Crosse said all district employees sign an acceptable internet use policy.

He said the district monitors all key strokes and websites visited on district computers.

Using company time to shop online is not allowed.

Salerno said they could shop online during their duty free lunch break, but it isn't recommended because the district's computers are on an open network so information sent isn't secure.

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