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‘Tis the season for online shopping on-the-clock

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In the next few weeks workers will be tempted to peruse the Internet for killer discounts, but they need to remember, the boss may be watching.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey, more than half of workers (53%) say they spend at least some work time holiday shopping on the Internet, up 3% from last year. Of this group, 43% spend an hour or more doing so, compared to 42% from last year.

Employers aren’t turning a blind eye to this. Eleven percent of employers say they’ve fired someone for holiday shopping on the Internet while at work (compared to 12% last year). With the ever-looming distractions offered by technology, many employers have taken stronger measures to prevent loss of productivity this year. For example, 35% monitor the sites employees visit, and 29% have adopted stricter policies on unauthorized Internet use in the past year.

The survey found workers in information technology and financial services jobs do the most online shopping during business hours.

Percentage of employees who shop online at work

Information technology: 68%

Financial services: 65%

Sales: 63%

Leisure & hospitality: 54%

Health care: 53%

Source: CareerBuilder.com/Harris Poll survey, November 2016

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