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New Survey Reveals 30 Percent of Employees Set to Shop Online at Work

Got work?

Check that, got presents?

If you don’t have presents but do have an office job, you may be among the 30 percent of workers from a recent survey who revealed they plan to shop online during the work day prior to Christmas.

CareerBuilder’s new survey indicates this statistic specifically applies to shopping online after December 7. In addition, more women than men have shopped online during employment hours compared to men at 43 percent and 36 percent, respectively.

Although many companies have policies for their employees to surf online, we can pretty much surmise surfing occurs for non-work related topics during normal work hours. Enter the shopping cart.

That said, the survey revealed 25 percent of employers fired someone for using the ‘net for non-work related activity. Furthermore, seven percent of hiring managers let an employee go for holiday shopping during work hours.

This, of course, prompts the next statistic: Employers have had to block employees from access of certain sites to the tune of 53 percent which technically nips the problem in the bud as well as curtailing social media for personal use if Twitter and Facebook are among the sites blocked.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, explained via the press release: “Employers tend to be more lenient when it comes to workers using breaks or down time to get online and—in some cases—take care of some online shopping.”

She added, “However, it is the employee’s responsibility to know and adhere to their company’s policy regarding Internet usage. Be aware of how you spend time on the Web, and don’t let your holiday shopping get in the way of your productivity.”

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