Canadian workers online shop less than U.S. counterparts

Canadian workers are less likely to Web surf or online shop from work during the holidays compared to their American counterparts, according to a recent survey.

A study by the Washington, D.C.-based Business Software Alliance polled more than 4,000 wired workers in 20 countries to examine the recreational use of the Internet in the workplace. Sixty-two per cent of Canadian respondents will do some of their holiday shopping online, but only 21 per cent will do so from their work computer. In the U.S., over 34 per cent of those who online holiday shop will do so while working.

The survey does indicate, however, unproductive Internet use at the office is growing throughout the globe, even outside of the holiday season. Twenty-five per cent of Canadian respondents said they would likely surf around the Internet for fun if their supervisor was out of the office. But, this is significantly less than the 38 per cent of U.S. respondents who answered the same way.