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Is the World Cup bad for productivity?

Chikodili Emelumadu | 14:11 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

Africa's first World Cup is truly underway but most matches are played during working hours. So are people skipping work to watch the games?


footiefan.jpgWhat is going on in your work place? Has your productivity gone down as you keep one eye on the football? Are you a boss struggling to keep people interested in work?
We would like to know how you are juggling work and the World Cup. Send us your views

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  • Comment number 1.

    In my organization,the world cup is not a problem. Because, we only miss one of the games, we can have the chance to watch at least half of the second game and full of the last game of the day.

  • Comment number 2.

    I must say I didn't accomplish much today. And most of my clients did make excuses that the World Cup is slowing things down. There is an impact definitely.

  • Comment number 3.

    The world cup has no positive benefit for the man in the street. The absentee at work places is high . Productivity is low. Business is almost at a standstill. THE IMPACT OF THE WORLD CUP ON OUR ECONOMY IS NEGATIVE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR COUNTRY AFTER THE WORLD CUP ? UNEMPLOYMENT IS SOARING DAY BY DAY . THE CRIME IS ALSO ESCALATING.

  • Comment number 4.

    Well, do not see the point in putting your job at risk really considering that there is both highlights of the matches as well as repeats of the matches played later in the evening. This is Africa we are talking about jobs do not wait for anyone who is foolhardy enough to skive!!!

  • Comment number 5.

    The world cup will indeed affect the productivity of most companies. In our organisation we have been allowed to take leave for every match day on which someone has tickets and this depends individual assignements. So far it is operating well and the only games we are missing are the ones starting at midday.

  • Comment number 6.

    I work with Civicon Uganda, Koboko branch. Its so surprising that no one is skipping work in a work place full of football lover both ladies and gentlemen.
    What beats my understanding is, we have a resting place with a fully connected TV set but no one has ever attempted to go and watch the matches and because of this productivity has not gone down

  • Comment number 7.

    The world cup for a good number of people is one of the few times people (of different religions, races and class) the world all over get to join in a universal celebration so to speak. It is in many ways probably the most shared experience of happiness we all share at the same time, even for people whose countries arent playing it still stirs up a mood of joy and excitement. To answer the question though no i dont think its bad for productivity if i had my way i would wish all nations of the world to declare this period a global holiday and allow everbody probably with an exception of key workers to spend time with their families and friends to watch the world cup, and for those too poor to own tv sets or who live in far flung isolated areas then organisations like the UN would have to make it possible to show the matches on screens using mobile projectors and satelite technology. But then of course this is just an idealist's dream!

  • Comment number 8.

    really it is. people at work place are not discussing about new innovations but previewing of past matches or projecting on those to come during working hours which is really hampering productivity. i think this will be the only season of the year where institutions will record low production.

  • Comment number 9.

    the world cup is definitely undermining productivity. i do marketing and slip away for long hours during the day in the name of field work.

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