RALEIGH – Despite objections from their bosses, nearly half of Raleigh area workers say they will be shopping online from work or using a company-provided device such as smartphones and computers to do their holiday browsing. And they often know their job performance suffers.

Overall, “workshopping” employees number 51 percent and they say they will invest 30 to 60 minutes a week playing Santa.

Their favorite day to buy online? Black Friday followed by Amazon Prime Day

So finds a new survey from Robert Half Technology, a talent management firm.

The “workshoppers” will be a part of a growing trend for ecommerce buying. Marketing analysis firm eMarketer projects that ecommerce spending this holiday season will surge by more than 13 percent to $135.4 billion. (That’s compared to total retail sales of just over $1 trillion, up nearly 4 percent year-over-year.)

Some 47 percent of workers participating in the survey say they will be shopping at work’s expense either at the office, at home or on the road.

And nearly 40 percent say they realize their productivity will suffer.

But Robert Half also says a lot of employers – especially those charged with information technology management – frown on workshopping.

New holiday shopping rage: ‘Buy online, pick up in store’

More than half of tech leaders don’t want their workforce browsing the web for deals.


Security risk tops the concerns at 59 percent.

Meanwhile, 34 percent are worried about the impact on productivity.

Interestingly, however, nearly 80 percent of the tech leaders surveyed say the do allow employees to shop online using a company device.

More survey results in the following infographic:

Robert Half Technology graphic