World Cup Craze in the Workplace

by Jenna Reed on June 25, 2018

in Employee Engagement

Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha

Unfortunately, the U.S. isn’t in the World Cup this time, but that doesn’t mean your employees aren’t still crazed for the action taking place over the next couple of weeks. Just like the Super Bowl or March Madness, these big sporting events can impact productivity in the workplace. While it can be a distraction, it might also be an opportunity for employees to connect.

How might your workplace go about balancing both? Here are a few ideas:

  1. Consider showing matches live at your workplace during lunch or at an otherwise appropriate time.
  2. Send match highlights and video clips to interested staff throughout the day. This way employees can still get some information without the distraction of watching the entire match.
  3. Talk with staff in advance. If there are matches that they really want to watch, consider letting them flex their time that day.
  4. Let employees listen to the matches on their phones or through their computers using headphones. Many people listen to music or podcasts while they work anyways, so this wouldn’t be much different.

Of course these options aren’t going to work in every workplace, but by communicating expectations in advance and embracing these big events, even just a little, can improve employee morale and have less impact on productivity.

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