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60% of workplaces surveyed block online shopping at the office

November 21, 2011 | 10:30 am

Hoping to slip in some shopping at work? Companies are making it harder for workers to buy online while on the job, according to a new report from research firm Robert Half Technology.

Six in 10 of the chief information officers in the survey say their companies block access to online shopping sites such as That’s up from 48% last year.

As a result, according to the research firm, more employees are turning to mobile devices such as smartphones to surreptitiously shop at their desk.

Roughly a quarter of workplaces allow some shopping but keep track of online activity to prevent excessive use. Only 13% of offices let their employees browse Internet retailers as much as they like.

Those companies say they expect workers to spend four hours a week surfing the Web for holiday deals. Those employees may turn out to be the most productive, according to a report this summer about wasting time online.


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