Majority of employees shop online at work


computerMore than half of employees use work time to shop online, a survey from CareerBuilder found.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey, 53 percent of workers said they spend at least some work time holiday shopping on the internet. That’s up 3 percent from last year.

Of that group, 43 percent spend an hour shopping online. The survey found a higher percentage of workers in information technology and financial services industries online shop compared to those in other industries.

Employers aren’t ignoring the issue. Eleven percent said they have fired a worker for holiday shopping on the internet while at work

“Employers realize that you are going to be tempted by the flurry of notifications regarding discounts throughout the day on Cyber Monday,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “But it’s up to you to police yourself and schedule your time to make sure you’re getting your job done and productivity isn’t hurt while you save money shopping online.”

Employees don’t necessarily use work computers for shopping. As mobile technology grows, more workers are using their gadgets to shop. Forty-nine percent of employees use their personal smart phones or tablets to shop, an increase from 42 percent last year and 27 percent in 2014.

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll from Aug. 11 to Sept. 7, and included a representative sample of 3,133 full-time workers and 2,379 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes in the private sector.

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