As fantasy sports and, more specifically, fantasy football continue to grow in popularity, so might the financial impact on the nation’s employers. However, one workplace authority says companies should not crack down on workers managing their teams at the office, but instead embrace the fantasy fanaticism.
The main action for the 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament gets underway Thursday, March 19, but the viral phenomenon known as March Madness officially sets in on Monday, March 16. That is when workers across the country begin clogging the company internet with efforts to craft a winning bracket for their workplace and non-workplace betting pools.
Last week, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim used his speech at a conference in Paraguay to advocate for the three-day work week. While workers would clock 11-hour days to keep productivity at acceptable levels, Mr. Slim envisions a workforce that will be able to work longer into their lives while enjoying more work-life balance. He also sees peripheral economic benefits in the creation of new leisure and entertainment activities.
CHICAGO, June 24, 2014 -- Millions of Americans could be watching the US soccer team take on Germany this Thursday in a match that will play a crucial role in deciding the team’s fate in the World Cup. The problem is the big game will played mid-day on Thursday, when many of those watching the broadcast or internet stream should be working. So, what can the nation’s employers do to prepare for the potential collapse in productivity?
Probably nothing, according to one workplace expert.