Be careful if you’re trying to take advantage of Cyber Monday deals next week.
A new survey from Robert Half Technology unveiled habits of Salt Lake City companies when it comes to allowing their employees to shop on Cyber Monday, the internet equivalent of Black Friday.
The study found that 75 percent of employees use company computers, phones or devices to shop during work. In fact, 41 percent spent an hour or more shopping on the holiday.
About 1-in-4 people plan to shop again this year on Cyber Monday.
"With all the added responsibilities around the holidays, it's understandable that employees may want to maximize any spare time during the work day to get additional things done," John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology, said in a company statement. "Make sure your company's internet policies are clear and communicated broadly to your organization to avoid security issues or decreases in productivity."
Employers know about this, though. About 37 percent of companies say they allow their employees to visit websites, but they monitor excessive use.
Close to 39 percent of companies will block access, while 1-in-4 will allow unrestricted access.
And some companies (about 31 percent) don’t even know their company policy when it comes to shopping during work.
Cyber Monday has slowly grown into a popular sales day during the holiday season. A study from retail analytics firm Euclid found that 72 percent of shoppers are more excited for Cyber Monday than any other end-of-the-year sales date, including Black Friday.