Half of Workers Plan to Do Some Online Holiday Shopping at Work, CareerBuilder
-- 16 percent of workers plan to online shop from work on Cyber Monday --
CHICAGO, Nov. 23, 2012
CHICAGO, Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Using the Internet to knock items off
the holiday shopping list is likely to continue to be the trend. According to
CareerBuilder's "Cyber Monday" Internet usage study, 49 percent of workers
expect to spend some time in the office this holiday season shopping online,
on par with past years. More than a quarter of workers plan to shop from work
either on Black Friday (12 percent) or Cyber Monday (16 percent). The survey
of more than 2,400 employers and more than 3,900 workers nationwide was
conducted online by Harris Interactive^© from August 13 to September 6, 2012.
Shopping from the office is most common in the weeks leading up to December
25, with 30 percent saying they're most likely to shop from work after
December 7. The study also revealed that a higher percentage of women (43
percent) have shopped online while at the office compared to men (36 percent).
"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,"
said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder.
"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
While most companies have an official Internet use policy for their employees,
workers often go online for non-work related reasons.
o25 percent of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for
non-work related activity.
o7 percent of hiring managers have fired an employee for holiday shopping
o53 percent of employers block employees from accessing certain websites.
Haefner reminds workers who use their work computers for social media and
personal email to be responsible and police themselves when it comes to
appropriate Internet usage at work.
o45 percent of workers are connected with co-workers on social media.
o11 percent of hiring managers have fired an employee for something they
posted on social media.
o30 percent of employers monitor their employees' email use.
o11 percent of hiring managers have fired someone for sending non-work
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive^© on
behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,494 U.S. hiring managers and human resource
professionals and 3,976 workers (employed full-time, not self-employed,
non-government) ages 18 and over between August 13 and September 6, 2012
(percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their
responses to certain questions). With pure probability samples of 2,494 and
3,976, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results
have a sampling error of +/-1.96 and +/-1.55 percentage points, respectively.
Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping
companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its
online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States
with more than 24 million unique visitors, 1 million jobs and 49 million
resumes. CareerBuilder works with the world's top employers, providing
resources for everything from employment branding and talent intelligence to
recruitment support. More than 10,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and
broadband portals such as MSN and AOL, feature CareerBuilder's proprietary job
search technology on their career sites. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc.
(NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI),
CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South
America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.
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