06 Aug, 2012

UK employees watching the Olympic sports

06 Aug, 2012

With the world’s biggest sporting event on our doorstep, research by Monster.co.uk has found that over two in five (43 per cent) of UK employees surveyed will be watching the sporting action at work. Brits are also clocking off early with 34 per cent of respondents hoping to dash off to catch their favourite events.

  • 42 per cent of employee respondents plan to watch the sporting action at work
  • 34 per cent of workers questioned plan to leave work early
  • Over a third (35 per cent) will juggle lunch hours to fit around favourite events

Over one in ten (12 per cent) of those surveyed admitted they will try to sneak out of work behind their boss’ back and 23 per cent are planning to take a longer lunch break to enjoy the sporting entertainment.

The Monster research also found that 44 per cent plan to watch sports on their work or personal computers and 27 per cent will be propping up their smartphones. However almost a quarter (23 per cent) said their workplace will have a television on, allowing them to enjoy the action with their colleagues.

Of those who are planning to take a longer lunch break, over a quarter (26 per cent) will be heading to the pub to catch the action, while 14 per cent will be watching outside in a public park or square. But employers need to watch out as two thirds of those questioned (65 per cent) said their workplace doesn’t run an employee rota for lunch breaks and they could be caught short if too many employees head out at the same time.

“With the whole nation buzzing and everyone rooting for their favourite teams, there is a real party feel in workplaces across the country. While this is great for morale, it could mean workers will drop everything to leave the office and enjoy the entertainment.” says Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster UK and Ireland. “Nobody wants to be a party-pooper, so to minimise disruption employers should be organised and flexible with working hours. This will ensure maximum productivity from staff while keeping unexpected absences to a minimum.”

Credit: onrec.com