Poll: Are You Fitting Your Work Around the FIFA World Cup?

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World Cup fever is sweeping the globe. Even the U.S., where soccer is traditionally not that popular, seems to be getting in on the craze, perhaps aided by blanket media coverage and the ability to watch the tournament online and on smartphones.

It’s a veritable feast of football — as we call it on the this side of the pond — which is great news for those of us who love the sport. However, it’s not such great news for many businesses, as productivity is lost due to the distraction of the event, never mind outright absenteeism. One headline-grabbing estimate from the UK Chartered Management Institute predicts that it could cost British businesses up to £1 billion ($1.5 billion) in lost work hours.

One solution to that problem would be for companies to allow employees more flexible working to fit their workdays around the matches, where possible. Of course, many web workers already have the flexibility to set their own schedules, so I thought I’d run a quick poll to see how many of our readers are taking advantage of that flexibility to stay productive while also catching as much of the tournament as possible:

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Maximilian Bartel

I just schedule my work in a way that I can see all matches of the German team with a couple of friends (even though the next one will be at midday) and as a huge football fan I of course also try to see other interesting matches especially in the evening after work.

It doesn’t really affect my productivity though fortunately.

OldGreyTroll

Cretain matches. Or should that be cretin matches?

SalvadorM

Not only do I get to watch every game I want; being a social media manager for one of the largest soccer e-commerce site, it’s part of my job description!!! GO USA!

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