Survey: On-the-Job Cyber Shopping is Up

CareerBuilder’s 2015 Cyber Monday survey is out, and shopping is up over last year.

Half of the workers surveyed reported they’ll be shopping at their desks this year, up 3 percent from last year. Of these respondents, 42 percent will spend at least an hour of company time burning up bandwidth to get those deals. Not all employers approve of these shenanigans, however, with 12 percent having terminated one or more employees for at-work online shopping (up from 8 percent last year). The percentage of employers who block access to certain websites stands at 56 percent this year, up from 53 percent last year.

Forty-two percent of workers use their mobile devices to flout the watchful eye of management, up strongly over last year’s 27 percent. According to the survey, online shopping at the office varies by industry:

  • Sales: 63 percent
  • Financial Services: 62 percent
  • Information Technology: 57 percent
  • Health Care: 52 percent
  • Transportation: 50 percent
  • Manufacturing: 46 percent
  • Leisure & Hospitality: 42 percent
  • Retail: 39 percent

Thirty-five percent of responding employers dislike employees spending time on non-work-related websites and emails, even when there’s no impact on productivity. More than a third (36 percent) monitor the sites employees visit, according to the survey.

“Employers may want to have an online shopping policy, but if there is no policy, supervisors and managers can still set expectations for their employees,” says MSEC Membership Development Director Lorrie Ray. “Employers can hold employees accountable for their performance, regardless of seasonal distractions.”