Forget images of sugar plums dancing in their heads. This season, expect to see images of holiday gifts dancing across your employees’ computer monitors.
According to recent research, nearly a third of your workers — 29% — say they’ve shopped for holiday gifts in the past. At least the same number’s expected to do so this year.
And 27% will spend one hour or more shopping in cyberspace this year, says the study from CareerBuilder. Another 13% say they’ll spend two hours or more.
Employers aren’t exactly crazy about this dent in productivity. Careerbuilder offers some numbers that may discourage workers from shopping from their desks:
- 21% of employers have fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activities.
- 5% of employers have fired someone for holiday shopping online at work.
And given the ever-increasing employer interest in setting up workable computer-usage policies, it seem inevitable those numbers will head upward.