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Who needs the mall when you can shop at work?

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Next to a credit card with a hefty limit, a workplace computer may be this year’s most essential holiday shopping tool. After a slight downturn in work-based online shopping in 2014, more employees say they’re spending working hours hunting for deals and buying gifts this year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey.

A full 50% of workers said they planned to spend at least some work time holiday shopping, up 3% from last year. Of that group, 42% said they would spend an hour or more doing so.

Their employers aren’t turning a blind eye—12% said they have fired someone for holiday shopping on the Web at work, and 56% said they block employees from accessing certain websites on work computers.

That won’t stop the legions of employees who use their own gadgets to shop. Personal smartphones or tablets were the retail tools of choice for 42% of employees, up from 27% last year.

Employees in some industries are much more likely than others to shop online from work. 

Who shops online at work?

% of employees by industry

Sales   63%

Financial services   62%

IT   57%

Health care   52%

Transportation   50%

Manufacturing   46%

Leisure/Hospitality   42%

Retail   39%

Source: CareerBuilder survey, November 2015

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