Cyber Monday - Monday, November 26 - is the biggest online shopping day of the year and you might be thinking about taking advantage of the deals and doing your holiday shopping at the office.
According to CareerBuilder's annual holiday shopping from work survey, 49% of employee plan on doing some shopping from the office. Shopping activity increases as we get closer to the holidays, with 30% saying they're most likely to shop from work after December 7.
Before you start shopping online while you're at work, you might want to consider the consequences of shopping - and socializing - on company time, or you might end up looking for a new job. What you do online when you're doing it from work is your employer's business. You can get in trouble - or even fired - for doing non-work-related online activities while you're supposed to be working.
25% of surveyed employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activities and 7% of employers have fired someone for holiday shopping online at work.
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder says, "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. 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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