What to watch out for when shopping online from work this Cyber Monday

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If you’re like many workers, you’ll be shopping online while you’re working today.

A recent survey from Robert Half Technology, a human resources consulting company, found that 52% of employees plan to shop online this Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday is the most popular day for online shopping at work — or “workshopping” — according to 43% of those surveyed, followed by Amazon Prime day, with 38%.

And 44% of workers admitted that their productivity suffers when they shop, according to the survey.

Workers who are most likely to “workshop” include those ages 25 to 40. Men were more inclined than women to admit that scrolling for deals hurt their productivity.

Another group that’s most likely to search for goods at work: working parents.

As you scour the web at work for sales, there are some risks you want to keep in mind.

Compromised security

Damaged reputation

With so many workers connected to smart phones, the line between personal and professional has become increasingly blurry, Driscoll said.

And while many employers know (and grudingly accept) that their workers may shop online on Cyber Monday, you still want to make sure that it does not compromise your reputation at work.

“Be professional. Use your time wisely, [and] realize you’re at work,” Driscoll said.

The online survey included 2,800 employees ages 18 and up who work in offices.

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