World Cup: Watching Matches at Work Will Lead to $1.68 Billion Loss in U.S.

An informal poll conducted by Captivate Network discovers how many are turning in to matches while at work, and how it's potentially affecting productivity.
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For those not already taking a few hours off from the workday to watch the U.S. vs. Germany World Cup match, it's probably worth doing, since today's productivity is already shot.

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According to ABC News, more than 50 percent of working professionals acknowledged they have watched or listened to World Cup matches while at work this year. The conclusion is from an informal poll conducted earlier this week by Captivate Network of 714 people in 15 major metropolitan centers in the U.S. and Canada.

Of the survey's responders, 69 percent said they've seen co-workers tuning into the Cup in some way, and 23 percent admitted that their productivity has decreased because of the soccer tournament — even more so with men (32 percent) and senior managers (30 percent). Sixty percent of respondents noted that they plan to continue watch the World Cup after today's match, until it concludes on July 13.

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Calculating the average salary of employed adults and the typical viewing time at work during the World Cup over the past two weeks, Captivate Network approximates that $1.68 billion in productivity will be lost.

Might as well take advantage of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's note without guilt, then: