Who would’ve thought that shopping online would be that expensive?
Sure, with the holidays only a couple of weeks away, everyone is feeling the holiday spirit – and the bite in their bank account.
‘Tis the season for spending, and for making sure that special someone gets the perfect gift that will delight them when they open it. But smart shoppers like to browse, compare, and contemplate a great deal before they click purchase.
Online holiday shopping is a more convenient way to browse store stocks and see who offers the best deal. But the bargain hunting and smart shopping craze can be so alluring, it may be pulling people’s attention away from their other obligations – namely working.
A recent study showed that 60 percent of Americans admitted to shopping online for the holidays while at work. Roughly 140 million people spend over an hour-and-a-half per day shopping for gifts online. Shopping is a big deal in the year’s final month, but the impact it has on the workplace could be very concerning to some.
The total time lost in terms of workplace productivity is around 234 million hours. Yikes.
Even spread out across the entire American workforce, that is a lot of time lost. Men edge out women in terms of who is more likely to shop online at the job, scoring at around 52 percent.
Nearly half of all people who shop for holiday gifts at work do so for longer than 30 minutes, while roughly a fifth of those surveyed spent between 30 minutes and an hour handling their shopping duties. Ducking down in cubicles or stealthily browsing phones in the hallway is an art, but it could be one that workers are simply too good at.
Many people are relying on holiday hacks to help make their shopping a little easier. This includes having their shopping done by other people. It means all those workers who are sneaking around on the job to shop may not be shopping for themselves and their own loved ones, but someone else’s. Workers are hired based on how good they are at the job – maybe they’re hired to shop for the same reasons?
Others continually go to the same shopping sites over and over – why? The reason is that they’re watching for sales. Seasoned holiday shoppers know that the same product that goes for a given price today could be slashed by half in a week. Those who want to make sure they don’t miss out on a great deal usually keep a close eye on things day-by-day.
They may also be looking to take advantage of free shipping days, which can be a real money-saving treat to find during the holiday season. The truth is that no matter why workers are browsing shopping sites on the clock, it’s likely to put a dent in productivity.
However, given that the trend is increasing, it may be something that employers simply have to contend with during this season.