New survey: Fantasy football does not sack workplace productivity

Fantasy football is not hurting employee productivity, according to a new survey of human resource pros around the country.

The majority of respondents said fantasy football had little to no impact on productivity, according to the survey released Thursday by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Ranking the level of distraction on a scale of 1 to 10 — with 1 being no noticeable impact — nearly 70 percent said four or lower. Less than 8 percent of respondents said the level of distraction rated a 7 or 8. None of the respondents felt the phenomenon deserved a 9 or 10.

“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,” John Challenger, chief executive officer of the survey company, said in a statement.

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4 comments Add your comment


September 30th, 2010
11:53 am

Fantasy Hockey makes me a better person. And a more knowledgeable fan!

Since football games happen on the weekend, and you can set your rosters on Saturday, I would say football would have less effect than daily sports (baseball, basketball, hockey).


September 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

I agree that Fantasy Football, in and of itself, does not drain workplace productivity.

However, it is the entitled, underqualified, shiftless, lazy Affirmative-Action hires playing said Fantasy Football and thumping their chests for the new starting quarterback of the NFL’s Philadelphia team that drains productivity.


October 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

Productivity has risen at an amazing pace over the last 30 years. When are the workers going to be rewarded? Football needs to be deemphasized at all levels, period. Don’t we have anything better to do with our time?

Mike Flanagan

October 5th, 2010
4:17 pm

Let me tell you the importance of people wasting time. I manage several people at UPS and I would fire anyone wasting time like this. My employees need to know their place and they need to be scared. That’s how you get the best productivity from them. I also love overseas labor as I don’t even have to say “hi” to them in the a.m.