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To Office Managers: Fear the Super Bowl

January 22, 2008 11:25 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
As fans prepare for the Super Bowl showdown between the New York Giants and the undefeated New England Patriots, one study suggests that fan interest in the game will hurt U.S. productivity.

30-Second Summary

On Jan. 20, the New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers 23 to 20 in overtime, winning the NFC Championship.

Now the Giants will face the New England Patriots in Phoenix, Ariz. for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl.

The two-week lag between the NFC Championship and Super Bowl XLII will undoubtedly lead to a lot of fan-chat at work, and according to at least one study, these impromptu discussions will considerably lower productivity.

A 2006 study performed by the outplacement consulting organization Challenger, Gray & Christmas speculated that if employees spend at least 10 minutes talking about the Super Bowl each day of the week leading up to the game, employers could lose up to $780 million.

At a time of economic unease, no one wants to see the United States' enviable productivity figures drop. But Carl Bialik, the “Numbers Guy” for The Wall Street Journal, asserts that the Challenger study is statistically flawed.

He argues that it multiplies “time spent on a nonwork activity—computer games; deleting spam—with hourly wages. But many workers have down time built into their jobs, and reasonable bosses can't expect every moment of the workday to be spent productively.”

Regardless of the impact it has on workplace behavior, as the Super Bowl XLII approaches, excitement builds at the prospect of the underdog Giants facting the undefeated Patriots.

Headline Links: The Super Bowl XLII Giants vs. Patriots

Background: The Super Bowl and work productivity

Related Topic: Super Bowl-itis


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