Workers Plan to Shop Online During Holidays at Work

Chicago — Nov. 23

According to CareerBuilder’s Cyber Monday Internet usage study, 49 percent of workers expect to spend some time in the office this holiday season shopping online, on par with last year.

More than a quarter of workers plan to shop from work either on Black Friday (12 percent) or Cyber Monday (16 percent), according to the survey of more than 2,400 employers and 3,900 workers by Harris Interactive.

Shopping from the office is most common in the weeks leading up to Dec. 25, with 30 percent saying they’re most likely to shop from work after Dec. 7. The study also revealed that a higher percentage of women (43 percent) have shopped online while at the office compared to men (36 percent).

While most companies have an official Internet use policy for their employees, workers often go online for non-work related reasons.

Twenty five percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activity; 7 percent of hiring managers have fired an employee for holiday shopping at work; and 53 percent of employers block employees from accessing certain websites.

Source: CareerBuilder