Survey: Olympics Won’t Distract Most U.S. Workers

Raleigh, N.C. — July 26

The largest sporting event in the world will broadcast non-stop across televisions, Web pages and radio waves this summer — but a majority of U.S. workers say they will forgo the temptation to follow live action from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London during work hours, according to a recent survey.

According to the results of a national poll of working Americans commissioned by Workplace Options, an international provider of employee benefit programs and work-life services, and conducted by Public Policy Polling, 84 percent of respondents say they do not plan on following the London Olympics during the work day.

Also according to the survey results:

• One third (33 percent) of respondents reported that they have access to TVs for employee use throughout the work day.
• Twenty one percent said their employer allows them to watch important sporting events, speeches, news or ceremonies during work hours.
• However, 64 percent of workers believe that watching TV negatively impacts work performance or productivity.

One of the poll’s most surprising results came from millennial workers — those aged 18 to 29. Among millennials, 38 percent said that watching TV or streaming video increases productivity, compared to just 14 percent of respondents overall, according to the survey.

Source: Workplace Options