Football’s biggest event is around the corner and the excitement in the workplace is building. But is the anticipation of the matchup throwing employees off their game or making them happier and more productive at work?


A new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam reveals how workers say the big game impacts them:


  • 66% of workers said incorporating the big game into the workplace can boost employee happiness.
  • Only 11% of workers said they’re less productive the day following a large sporting event, while the majority of respondents (67%) said sporting events have no impact on their work productivity and 21% said they increase their productivity.
  • 30% of employees said the most distracting or annoying coworker behavior when it comes to major sporting events is being a poor sport or overly competitive.


How can you effectively celebrate sporting events without compromising work performance?


First off, make sure you know your company’s policies on employee breaks and personal Internet use. It may be fine by your employer to take quick breaks to talk sports or check scores, but you don’t want to overdo it. If you’re a huge sports fan, consider requesting time off before or after the game as far as advance as possible.


How much competition in the workplace is a good thing and when can it cross the line?


Some companies hold friendly competitions to celebrate sports events or as a fun way to help generate business. Others encourage staff to wear their favorite teams’ apparel or decorate their workspaces. Just keep your participation in any activities within reason. There’s no need to go overboard with your team spirit or taunt others who suppose opposing teams. After all, it’s just a game!


As long as everything is done in moderation and everyone sticks to the rules, sporting events can be morale-boosters and keep workers happy.

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