Watching the World Cup drains offices of $3.6 billion in productivity

We know that the average employee loses six hours of productivity to March Madness, but the FIFA World Cup also has a similar effect.

An Office Pulse survey found that watching the World Cup on the job results in a $3.6 billion productivity loss because 49% of those with white-collar jobs plan on watching in the office.

Almost “1 in 5” white-collar employees say they like professional soccer, and even though the USA isn’t playing this year, 54% say they’re “equally as interested,” while 46% aren’t as into it.

How much viewers watch the game at work

Here’s the time breakdown.

  • “Less than an hour:” 30%
  • “1-2 hours:” 24%
  • “2-4 hours:” 11%

Thirty-four percent of white-collar workers say they’ll view the event in general (not just at work).

While the research found that 22% of men were “very interested” when it comes to catching the game, 33% of men watching said they’d spend one to two hours doing so in the office.

But when asked if FIFA is “corrupt,” 48% say “not particularly,” 31% say that it’s “the most corrupt,” and 21% claim not to be familiar with the organization. Still, 12% of employees admitted that Russia’s political probe upped the game’s appeal for them. The game is being hosted in the country this time around.