Do Sporting Events Cause a Dip in Productivity in the Workplace?

Sporting News reported that heavy sports enthusiasts spend on average over 31 hours a week following sports. Amazing.

If you’re getting caught up in the activities of all the sporting events that are going on, remember that the work still has to get done. If you know you’re going to work less until it’s over, you’ll have to do whatever it takes to meet your deadlines, much like you do when you’re going on vacation.

Will there be a dip in productivity through all this? It depends.

  • Slackers will use this as an excuse to do less work. If they’re surfing the net, talking sports all day, handling personal business now, they’ll just do more of it next week.
  • Conscientious employees will continue to meet goals, beat deadlines, and service the customer.

If you, as the boss or owner, are also getting caught up in it, people will do what they see you do. If you’re going to require less of them through all this, you should require more from them in advance.

Note: See this blog entry for more information on how people waste time at work.