Most people I know are professional work procrastinators. Even the most career-focused people will often try to find ways to take time out of their work day to check out headlines, read some funny articles, or change their fantasy roster. So it’s not surprising that the biggest worldwide sporting event taking place would be seen as an obstacle to efficiency by managers everywhere.
Thankfully, according to a completely anecdotal article by Digital Journal that contains no facts, references, or sources whatsoever, the opposite was actually the case. Many companies, instead of banning their employees from watching the matches, actually set up communal areas where everyone could watch together, provided everyone hit their productivity goals. This is actually pretty smart. It’s the adult equivalent of telling sixth graders that if they get a certain level of grades, then they get to skip the last day of school, and take a bus to Burger King, and then a free showing of Spiderman at the local three screen movie theater.
As for the companies that didn’t condone the viewing of World Cup matches, I have to think that those who found workarounds were likely in the same boat, productivity-wise. If you know that you’re gonna have a blank three hour spot in the middle of your day, you’re likely gonna hustle to get your work done so you can get away with it. And as most people with desk jobs know, the amount of work you can not do in a whole day is astounding, so any day you actually do work is pretty impressive.
Thanks for contributing to our economy, World Cup. Too bad it didn’t work out that way for Brazil itself.
[via Digital Journal]