Many employees could be searching for Christmas shopping bargains while at work, claims a new study.
A total of 42 per cent of staff admitted to doing some Black Friday shopping on company time, with 27 per cent spending more than an hour at a time looking for presents for family and friends.
Chris Meredith, CEO of OfficeBroker.com, also warned about the potential lose in productivity of allowing staff to use their workplace as a delivery address.
He added: “Most office managers let employees have all their online deliveries sent to work. This is helpful for employees but during very busy times like Christmas it must be a burden on reception staff.
“If someone has something delivered and colleagues see it, they’ll be reminded they need to get their shopping done too and be tempted to have a ‘quick look’ online. Collectively the impact of one quick look can result in many lost man hours across the business.”
One way to reduce potential problems could be for employers to embrace Christmas shopping and allow staff limited time to shop for gifts or even organise a special shopping evening with local retailers.