More workers than ever are doing their holiday shopping on the job

53% of respondents to CareerBuilder survey admitted to shopping while at work

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Time is running out to snag those Cyber Monday deals. Sales for the biggest online shopping day of the year are expected to hit $3.5 billion by the end of the day, and a lot of people will be making those purchases, despite being at work.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Cyber Monday survey, more than half of workers in the U.S.- some 53%- said that they spent some of their time at work doing their holiday shopping online. This is up 3% from last year. Forty-three percent said that they spend an hour or more at work shopping online.

Many employers are watching out for this practice, however. Eleven percent of employers surveyed had to fire someone for holiday shopping, and more than half have blocked employees from using certain websites at work.

Chris Wayte of Agawam told 22News that he knows some co-workers who still take the risk.

“Especially because there are deadlines, I would definitely think that people are going to be purchasing online on Cyber Monday at the workplace.  Wont be surprised at all, savings are too great,” Wayte said.

Holiday shopping was also higher for people who use technology on the job. More than 60% of workers in the information technology and financial services fields shop online while at work.

Forty-nine percent of employees use their smartphone or tablet to shop- that is a 42% increase from last year.