MENLO PARK, CA -- It might not be so bad to sneak time to shop online at work during the holiday season.
A new survey done by Robert Half Technology finds that a lot of American workers are doing what's called "workshopping," or shopping online while on the clock.
Ryan Sutton, a district president of Robert Half Technology, says millennials do the most "workshopping."
"The recent survey we did actually is showing an increase in the workers that we'll survey with roughly 52% of the workers planning to workshop this holiday season,” Sutton says. “Ultimately you did see a higher increase increase with the millennial worker and the younger workers in the workforce seemed more comfortable work shopping during the holiday season.”
He adds that in the current tight labor market, companies are coming up with creative ways to make time for it, such as cookie parties.
“What you're hearing from a lot of firms during this tight labor market is they're embracing it, and they're coming up with some pretty fun ways to allow people to holiday shop,” Sutton says.
A separate survey found 77 % of technology firms allowing workshopping, even though more than half worry about losses in productivity.