Holiday Shopping Puts Small Dent in Worker Productivity

December 4, 2006 ( - Sixty-seven percent of workers say they will not spend any time at the office shopping online this December.

The survey by workforce solutions company Adecco found that in mid-December, 33% of American workers will spend time online at work shopping, 26% of whom will spend less than six hours online. More than three-quarters of workers plan to take a personal sick day to shop, according to a news release by the company

Other findings of the Adecco survey include:

  • 85% of workers wil step away from their desks this holiday season to attend their office party, with 54% saying they enjoy the parties and 28% saying they feel obligated.
  • 7% of Americans feel pressured to give their boss a gift during the holiday season.

“The holiday season is a unique time for workers, as the line between personal and professional activities and behavior are often not as clear cut as they are during the rest of the year, said Ray Roe, president of Adecco North America, in the news release. It is important for workers to be cognizant of this and to maintain their level of professionalism and focus on work priorities regardless of the date on the calendar.”

The results are based on the findings of a telephone survey conducted among a national sample of 1,023 adults made up of 511 men and 512 women, 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the United States. Interviewing was completed November 16-19, 2006.