HR Strange But True!
May 08, 2008

Forty percent of employees admit that they think talking about TV shows at work is OK because it "increases office camaraderie," but only 17 percent admitted doing so on company time (yeah, sure), according to a survey released by the staffing firm Spherion.

The survey found that reality shows reign at the water cooler and over company intranets, with American Idol being the most talked about show.

Idol was named by 33% of respondents as the most talked about program in their workplace, with ratings rival Dancing with the Stars second at 17%. Surprising, The Office came in at fifth place with 6%.

Nine percent of respondents reported that these discussions caused debates, aka arguments, with colleagues over who should win.

The survey results were broken down by gender and age. Women rated Idol and DWTS as their most discussed programs, while men rated Lost in second place. Idol was a big winner with workers over age 50, but workers age 30 to 39 were the most talkative about TV.

Here are the standings of most talked about show:

  • American Idol--33%
  • Dancing with the Stars--17%
  • CSI--10%
  • Grey's Anatomy--7%
  • The Office--6%
  • Law and Order--6%
  • Heroes--5%
  • 24--4%
  • Big Brother--4%
  • America 's Next Top Model--2%

Source: Spherion

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