Study: Fantasy football sacks real work production

5:51 PM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Are you ready for some football? The kick-off of the NFL season is less than two weeks away, and many fans are preparing for their fantasy football draft. So, should employers be worried that a lot of that activity will take place during business hours?

Surprisingly, the answer is no.

According to workplace experts Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the impact fantasy sports has on overall productivity is minor.

An estimated 19 percent of all full-time U.S. workers have played fantasy sports in the past year, with fantasy football by far the most popular.

A similar survey last year found that 70 percent of those workers rated the level of distraction at 4 or lower on a scale of one to 10, with one being no noticeable impact.

Although some spend as many as nine hours a week managing their team, challenger notes that productivity is very difficult to measure. Widespread access to the Internet from phones, laptops, and tablets allows participants to manage their teams outside of the traditional 9-to-5 work hours.

Still, companies looking to perhaps ban fantasy sports altogether should think again. The report mentions that banning fantasy sports could actually backfire, leading to reduced worker morale and loyalty.

A separate survey even found that 40 percent of respondents who play fantasy sports finds it was a positive influence in their workplace.


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