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The Super Bowl: Office friend or foe?

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Nicole Rodeghiero of Robert Half.
Nicole Rodeghiero of Robert Half. - ()

The Super Bowl being played this Sunday certainly creates a tremendous amount of buzz — both at home and in the office. However, in the workplace, is all of that buzz welcomed?

As an employer, are you hesitant to throw a pregame bash? Ever have that coworker or employee who takes the game too seriously? Or have you felt the pressure to participate in an office pool or squares when you have no interest?

A recent survey from OfficeTeam revealed how employees really feel about the big game.

One more time (we're going to celebrate)!

A large majority of employees surveyed (66 percent) feel that workplace activities to celebrate a major sporting event have a positive impact on employee happiness. Employers take note: The pregame office party, even if the two teams aren’t from your city, can help build office morale! So, while it might seem tedious, the football fans and non-fans appreciate the break in their day heading into Super Bowl weekend.

Worried about the next day 'hangover'? Don't be

Only 11 percent of employees who were surveyed said they would be less productive at work the day following the game. In fact, the majority (67 percent) said they would be no more or less productive. Then you have the ambitious crowd (21 percent), who, despite the possibility of staying up late to watch the game, felt they would be more productive the Monday after.

It's just a game! Or is it …

For most, it isn’t, and that can lead to some annoying behavior in the two weeks leading up to the game. When asked what the most distracting or annoying coworker behavior was leading up the game, the results were:

  • Being a poor sport or overly competitive (30 percent);
  • Spend too much time talking sports (26 percent);
  • Calling in sick and/or making an excuse to not come into work the next day (22 percent);
  • Showing up the next day tired or under the weather (8 percent);
  • Overdoing it with team decorations and/or attire (8 percent).

Whether a diehard fan or a causal watcher, the Super Bowl brings added conversation to the office environment. Some employees enjoy the pre-game celebrations and others might take it a bit too far.

But, between the game and the commercials, there is no doubt that the Super Bowl will dominate the watercooler talk between now and Monday. Make sure your office is prepared!

Nicole Rodeghiero is a branch manager for Robert Half in New Jersey.

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