Distracted at Work?

Is your boss giving you a hard time about your passion for fantasy football? Does HR question your productivity during football season?

A recent study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., a consulting firm, produced some favorable results for fantasy football players.

According to the survey, employers don’t attribute major workplace distractions to fantasy football. 100 employers were asked to rate the level of distraction and impact on productivity from fantasy sports. With 1 being no noticeable impact and 10 being an obvious or measurable impact, only 23.2 percent of employers rated a higher level of impact than 5. The average rating was 3.42.

Furthermore, when asked if the company takes steps to discourage fantasy football participation, 46.2 percent of employers responded, “No, we don’t care, as long as the quality of worker output does not decline.”

Even 7.7 percent of employers said that fantasy football participation boosts employee morale. According to John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc., some employers said that office fantasy football leagues create camaraderie and encourage group cooperation. In another study, Challenger found that one in five fantasy sports players said that they found a business contact through a fantasy sports league.

Some critics might question the credibility of Challenger’s results because of the unreliable responses of those who were questioned. According to the survey, 65.4 percent of the survey-takers play fantasy football themselves. Of those who play, 26.9 percent play with co-workers.

Nonetheless, you have a valid argument when your boss starts hammering you about visiting CBS Fantasy Sports or Rotoworld for 3 to 4 hours (1.2 at work) online per week. Just tell him you’re on a quest to boost employee morale in the office.

Rather, ask him to join your league!


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