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The Washington Business Journal reports that only 21 percent of employees surveyed by Accountemps say that they will shop online for holiday gifts while at work.

The story says that even those who do shop online during company time will spend less time doing so - surfing the web for presents for 1.9 hours per week on average, compared to 2.7 hours in 2007.
KC's View:
Not only do I not believe this stat, but if I were an employer I’m not even sure I’d mind if people wanted to do a little online Christmas shopping at work. Hitting the stores can be stressful, and if my employees wanted to engage in some stress-reduction techniques, I’m not sure I’d object. Sure, there are limits...and the work has to get done...but the lines between work life and personal life have become blurred, and the rules have changed to a great degree.