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Doing some Cyber Monday shopping at work today? You're not alone

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I've already gotten at least three emails about it this morning.

"Come see our Cyber Monday deals!"

"Check out our Cyber Monday deals, which are better than our Black Friday deals, plus you get free shipping!"

And clicking on the links is oh. so. tempting.

The fact is that the majority of you and your employees will do some shopping during business hours today. Here's a great blog on credit.com that says 86 percent of all workers plan to do some online shopping today, and 67 percent plan to spend at least an hour shopping online.

Its estimate for how much that will cost the businesses in lost productivity? More than $2.5 billion per hour.

If you're feeling like it's your duty to shop today because you're just helping out the economy, abcnews.com has your guilt covered: Shoppers spent more than $50 billion during Black Friday weekend, a 10 percent increase over 2012, according to its stats. A total of 226 million people shopped either in stores or online this past weekend, up from 212 million people last year, abcnews.com reports.

Or, if you're looking for validation that you need to shop online today to help out the economy, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times will be happy to back you up on that, as will the National Retail Federation.

In all of that data, here's my favorite (this one's from the credit.com blog): One in five workers says they've been caught shopping at work on Cyber Monday.

So, business owners and managers, may I suggest strolls through your offices at various times today to chat and see how everyone's holiday weekend was and to see if they're prepared for their December workload (all while perusing the tabs that are open on their screens ...)?

And workers, may I suggest your lunch break as an excellent time to spend that hour taking advantage of the deals?

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli

Amy Gulli is the managing editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a question or tip for her? Email her at amy@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @amygulli. Circle Amy Gulli on .

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