Posted: Monday, 06 August 2012 6:25AM
As games continue, workers productivity slips
Studies have shown over the years that during major sporting events, productivity in the workplace suffers, and with the Olympics going on employers are finding it's no different this time around.
Some businesses are seeing their Internet service jammed with workers watching the games happen live while they're at work.
The last time that happened on this magnitude was March Madness.
Some of the workers I spoke with in the CBD say they just can't help themselves. Not all want to admit it though, like this woman who says, "I do read about it during the day. Ok, and maybe a video here and there. It's going on NOW, I don't want to wait 'til I get home!"
How many people are watching while on the job? This man tells me, "Pretty much throughout the day everybody's talking about, everybody's watching. It's fun, it's been nice."
But there are plenty of people who are waiting for the tape-delayed televised games at night. And a fair portion of them are not even aware that the games are actually played during our work day hours, as London is six hours ahead of us in time zones.
Reportedly in Los Angeles, so many city workers are streaming, the chief technology officer has had to beg people to stop, worried about the strain it's putting on their systems.