This past Friday was dubbed "Black Friday" and Monday was named "Cyber Monday." It's the busiest day of the year for online retailers to sell goods on the World Wide Web.

The bad news -- for employers at least -- is that most of the shopping is done while a person is at work, presumably doing the things they are paid to do.

A related survey by Accountemps found that holiday distractions like shopping are the norm in most offices. Forty-four percent of the executives surveyed said employees are less productive the week before a major holiday.

The good news, according to the survey, is that there are people who pick up the slack. Twenty-three percent of the managers surveyed said workers are more productive just before holidays.

The company suggests three ways to make the holidays less stressful around the office:

Beat the rush. Plan with co-workers to complete major projects that occur before the holiday season.

Make a list and check it twice. Tie up loose ends before you leave for vacation and leave voicemail and e-mail auto responses as to how to contact you or a co-worker.

Delegate time-sensitive tasks to co-workers and offer to do the same when they are out.

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