With roughly 20 million Americans involved with fantasy football, one might expect the pastime to effect everyday life, including work. But a new survey suggests that playing fantasy football—even while at work—is not interfering with employee performance.
A recent survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., found that most respondents said fantasy football had little impact on workplace productivity. On a scale of 1-10 (1 meaning no impact) , roughly 70 percent rated fantasy football as four or lower.
The nearly half of the Challenger survey respondents said they do not care if employees spend part of their workday on fantasy football, as long as the quality and quantity of their work is not affected negatively. About one-fifth of respondents ask employees to limit personal activities, including fantasy football, to break times.
“Other surveys show that people are indeed managing their fantasy teams from work. However, what we are hearing from the human resources community is that this is not at all affecting the level of output workers are expected to deliver,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Other surveys have come to the defense of fantasy sports and suggest a positive impact on the workplace! Forty percent of respondents to a 2006 Ipsos survey said fantasy sports participation had a positive influence in the workplace. Positive effects include increased camaraderie among employees and introductions to new business contacts.