IT Pros Are Most Likely to Holiday Shop at Work

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-12-19 Email

Tech employees are most likely to do at least some of their holiday shopping online while on the job, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Most of the workers surveyed admitted that they do shop while at work, and some even devote more than an hour at a time to this activity. With the continuing acceptance of bring your own device (BYOD), it's easier than ever to buy presents online without anyone—not office colleagues or the boss—even noticing. However, employees should keep in mind that many organizations monitor the cyber-activity of their staffers, and there are occasions when holiday shopping while working has resulted in a termination. "Employers realize that you are going to be tempted," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "But it's up to you to self-police yourself and schedule your time to make sure you're getting your job done and productivity isn't hurt." More than 3,130 employees and nearly 2,380 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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