Has your office caught World Cup fever yet? Nationwide, people have been glued to their screens (TV, computer, and smart phone screens alike!) to see the latest developments in this multinational soccer tournament. Just last night, the US team was knocked out of the World Cup in a 2-1 defeat versus the Belgian team, but that certainly does not mean that American soccer fans will stop watching. Everyone has their favorite teams and supporting them will be their top priority until the final goal is scored. So with everyone so preoccupied with the World Cup, what does this mean for your office communication and productivity? The bloggers over at Avaya recently covered this.
For one thing, Avaya bloggers point out, your bandwidth usage could increase. Employees may try to stream the different games on their lunch break (or even during office hours!) and your network will pay the price. Not only will people be streaming the game itself, but they also will be checking in on various social media and news sites to comment on and keep track of the tournament’s results. If you’re looking to keep employees on track during the day, check in and make sure that working hours are reserved for work, not play.
Avaya also points out that due to World Cup frenzy, productivity could take a hit when people simply do not show up to work. Management might notice that a higher number of sick days or vacation days are being reported around game time, or even that there are more employees who choose to take a “long lunch.” Avaya, concerned as ever with efficient office communication, has dealt with this in its Santa Clara headquarters by providing a space where employees can take a break to watch the game in a common viewing area.
When faced with a distraction like the World Cup, office communication is key. Make sure that your employees are aware and mindful of the expectations for productivity, and be prepared for the chanting and cheering that is sure to come.
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