Over half of workers plan to shop online from the office this holiday season

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Over half of workers plan to shop online from the office this holiday season

December 2, 2013 Updated Dec 2, 2013 at 6:13 PM CDT

(CareerBuilder news release) More workers are feeling the draw of holiday online sales during working hours, according to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday study.

According to the news release from CareerBuilder:

Over half (54 percent) of workers expect to spend some time at work shopping online for the holidays, up from 49 percent last year.

While many employees save their online shopping for lunch or while on break, some may not be planning it so smart. One in five workers will spend between one and three hours browsing Internet deals from the office over the course of the holiday season and 10 percent will spend 3 hours or more; a quarter report just planning to spend an hour or less.

Is it December or is it the holiday shopping that is taking a toll on workplace productivity? Of workers who expect to spend 2 hours or more Internet shopping at work this holiday season, 33 percent feel they are less productive during December because of the holidays. Comparatively, 9 percent of those who don’t plan on doing any holiday shopping online from the office feel less productive during December.

“Employers are often more lenient around the holidays when it comes to their employees shopping online, however, it is up to employees to make sure the quality of their work is not suffering,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.