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.

Would you recommend this article?


Thanks for taking the time to let us know what you think of this article!
We'd love to hear your opinion about this or any other story you read in our publication.

Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

Featured Download

Featured Article

ADaPT connects employers with highly skilled young workers

Help wanted. That’s what many tech companies across Canada are saying, and research shows that as the demand for skilled workers...

Related Tech News

Tech Jobs

Our experienced team of journalists and bloggers bring you engaging in-depth interviews, videos and content targeted to IT professionals and line-of-business executives.

Tech Companies Hiring Right Now