We're a few weeks into pigskin season and as a boss, you might be concerned about whether your employees are burning time with fantasy football. Well, a recent study by local global outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reveals that those concerns are unfounded: Turns out those employees are actually more productive and have higher morale than their non-slacking counterparts.
What's more, it seems to have no effect whatsoever on overall productivity. From the report:
An estimated 21.3 million full-time workers participate in fantasy sports each year, with some spending as much as nine hours per week managing their teams, the impact on overall workplace productivity is negligible.
If you're unconvinced and are considering a ban on fantasy sports during office hours, that could backfire. Again, from the report:
An across-the-board ban on all fantasy football or sports websites could backfire in the form of reduced morale and loyalty. The result could be far worse than the loss of productivity caused by 10 to 20 minutes of team management each day.
You can read the full report here.