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Manic (Cyber) Monday

It’s Cyber Monday, the day when retailers hope to rake in the bucks online. It serves as a bookend to Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving filled with bargains and sales. Hopefully no one will get pepper-sprayed while rushing to the keyboard today.

Does your law firm allow employees to shop from their work computers?

If you say no, you’re not alone. According to a new survey from Robert Half Technology, 60 percent of the businesses surveyed forbid workers to shop from their desks.

And another 23 percent allow some shopping but monitor usage.

Robert Haft hired an independent research firm to do the study; they interviewed more than 1,400 chief information officers at companies with 100 or more employees.

The number of companies that bar at-work shopping is going up. Last year, 48 percent said they did not allow shopping at work.

But savvy shoppers may have a way around the restrictions. John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology, said in a statement,” With an increasing number of firms blocking access to shopping sites, many employees may turn to mobile devices to shop at the office.”

Warning: Employees who phone-shop may want to stay on the alert for the HR equivalent of pepper spray.

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