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Productivity May Suffer With Over Half of Workers Planning to Shop Online from the Office
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, Decemer 1, 2013 - More workers are feeling the draw of holiday online sales during working hours, finds CareerBuilder's annual Cyber Monday study. Over half (54 percent) of workers expect to spend some time at work shopping online for the holidays, up from 49 percent last year.

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from August 13 to September 6, 2013, and included a representative sample of 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

While many employees save their online shopping for lunch or while on break, some may not be planning it so smart. One in five workers will spend between one and three hours browsing Internet deals from the office over the course of the holiday season and 10 percent will spend 3 hours or more; a quarter report just planning to spend an hour or less.

Is it December or is it the holiday shopping that is taking a toll on workplace productivity?

Of workers who expect to spend 2 hours or more Internet shopping at work this holiday season, 33 percent feel they are less productive during December because of the holidays. Comparatively, 9 percent of those who don't plan on doing any holiday shopping online from the office feel less productive during December.

"Employers are often more lenient around the holidays when it comes to their employees shopping online, however, it is up to employees to make sure the quality of their work is not suffering," said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.


With the ever-looming distractions offered by technology, many employers have had to take measures to prevent loss of productivity, including:

51 percent of employers say their organization blocks employees from accessing certain websites from work

One in five employers (22 percent) say they've fired someone for using the Internet for a non-work related activity, and 7 percent of all employers pointed directly to online shopping at work

10 percent of employers say they've fired someone for sending non-work related emails during work hours

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IT Workers: Confident and Secure in Their Jobs in Q3
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, December 1, 2013 - Confidence among U.S. technology workers continued to climb in the third quarter of 2013, with the Randstad IT Employee Confidence Index increasing 6.8 points to 60.4 - its highest level since the inception of the survey in 2005.

The quarterly study, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of technology talent and solutions provider Randstad Technologies, indicates growing confidence levels among technology workers across all survey indicators.

Data was collected between July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during the government shut down.

"It's a good time to be in the tech sector. Hiring needs have picked up as clients are continuing to invest more in a contingent workforce, as well as in permanent staff," said Bob Dickey, Group President, Technology and Engineering. "At the same time, we are also seeing companies face challenges in attracting and retaining talent. In fact, we are seeing a significant number of candidates that possess the right skill sets receive numerous job offers at a time.

Job confidence is also increasing among IT employees, with more than half (52%) saying they are confident in their ability to find new jobs, rising five percentage points from the previous quarter. However, fewer employees plan to look for a new job in the next 12 months, falling from 43 percent to 37 percent in Q3.

"As the IT employment market becomes more and more competitive, we are also seeing more workers turning to staffing firms in order to gain a wide range of skills, diversify their experiences and to further their careers," Dickey said.

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