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03 August 2016
office olympics •
office summer games
Written by Gareth Jones
The 2016 Olympics are upon us, a time of sporting feats and carnivals for anyone lucky enough to be travelling to Rio. Whilst we’re sure you’d all love to be out there celebrating in Brazil, the reality will see most of us shackled to an office desk trying to get a day’s work done.
The Olympics is an amazing Worldwide sporting event that has far reaching repercussions, not just for the host nation, but for all countries involved. Some of these repercussions are more positive than others. One area often overlooked during such a sporting phenomenon is the impact it has on productivity in the workplace. Here’s a few stats to think about:
Here at Kit Out My Office, we’ve been collating feedback on the top issues that impact productivity during major sporting events. These include:
With a four-hour time difference between Brazil and the UK, many of the gold medal events will not air on UK TV until well after midnight. This could lead to late starts for employees who’ve braved the early hours of the morning to catch the live action.
Worse still, rather than booking annual leave in advance, some addicted viewers may opt to take ‘duvet-days’ to satisfy their thirst for all things Olympics! Something that’s clearly not in the sporting spirit for employers.
Research from the CIPD, a professional body for HR and people development shows that UK employees already take on average 6.9 sick days per year, up from 6.6 days in the previous year. Furthermore, a staggering 26% of businesses report non-genuine ‘duvet days’ as the top cause for short term absence. Major sporting events such as the Olympics typically add to this problem for UK businesses.
When employees do make it to the office, actual productivity comes into question. A study by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder in 2014 surveyed 5,160 workers across a range of industries and company sizes. Unsurprisingly, personal use of technology is cited as the leading culprit behind unproductive activity at work. The top 10 productivity killers at work as listed as follows:
With 39% of respondents highlighting using the Internet for non-work related information as a top time waster at work, this figure is set to rise during Rio 16’.
Whilst some of these issues may sound fairly trivial on their own, a combination of them together can lead to a resourcing nightmare resulting in a costly drop in productivity for UK businesses.
Don’t worry, all is not lost – we’ve come up with the following ways to reduce absence, improve productivity and get more from your team by embracing the spirit of the Olympics.
We’d love to hear about your time wasting horror stories as well as how you’ll be making this year’s Olympics in the office a productive one! Feel free to share your stories in the comments section below.
Brush up on your skills before hosting your own Office Summer Games 2016 by watching the following events:
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