The holidays are hard upon us and one of the most hallowed ofholiday traditions — online shopping at work — is about to rampup.

And if you’re a boss in the IT world, you may want to know that7 in 10 of your employees will be wasting valuable time buyingwatches, pogo sticks and potboilers online.

Shopping on company time is nothing new and, as a survey from CareerBuilder reports, thefrowned upon (by bosses) practice will be just about as frequentthis year as last.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.