Holiday shopping takes all the fun out of gift giving. Even if you skip the lines and crowds of brick-and-mortar stores, you still have to deal with the time and expense of buying multiple gifts in the space of a month. It’s like everyone you know got married, had a baby, and had their birthday all in the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Never mind the cash; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to plan for all these presents. No wonder, then, that many of us choose to do as much shopping as possible from the cozy confines of our office cubicles.
Fact #1: 30 percent of workers shop online at work
This number seemed low to us, but maybe some people are just better at not getting caught than we are. In our experience, the boss will only come over to your cubicle if you’re on Amazon.com trying to buy a truly stupid looking children’s toy. You will then have to decide whether it’s better to explain that it’s not for you, or to pretend that none of this ever happened in the first place.
Fact #2: 60 percent of CIOs block access to shopping sites
Here’s an explanation for that low number: 60 percent of chief information officers are actually blocking their employees’ access to shopping sites. As if that weren’t scary enough, 20 percent said that although they wouldn’t block access completely, they would monitor employees “for excessive use.” Excessive use being in the eye of the beholder, of course.
Fact #3: Fewer people will shop online at work this year
Fifty percent of workers will do at least some shopping from work this year, as opposed to 52 percent in 2010.
Fact #4: The younger you are, the more likely you are to shop from work
Fifty-seven percent of workers aged 25 – 44 will shop at work, while only 42 percent of workers aged 45-plus will do their holiday shopping from their desks. This might have something to do with generational ideas about responsibility, or maybe the older workers have an in with the CIO and know their internet use is being monitored. Really, your guess is as good as ours.
Fact #5: More people are shopping on their phone than ever before
. So maybe those wise older workers are just shopping on their smartphones.
Fact #6: Only 2 percent of employers say they’ve fired someone for online shopping
The good news is that even if you do get called on the carpet for online shopping, you might ultimately get away with it. That’s because only 2 percent of employers surveyed said that they had actually fired someone for online shopping.