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Whoomp, There It Is: Employees Are Skipping Work To Watch Sports

"I'll just call in sick because of the game." It's what employees are thinking all the time, all over the world, apparently. Game on!

A new Sidelined by Sports survey commissioned by Kronos tells us what any cynical co-worker already knows: so-and-so isn't getting his or her butt to work because there's a game on. Or the game was on, and now he or she needs to sleep it off.

Survey participants included people from Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

So which country's workers are the most likely to skip out on work because of sports? China. A full 58% of Chinese workers surveyed said they call in sick because of sports, and 54% said they call in sick the next morning because they were up too late watching a game. The Chinese also rank first for skipping out on work to play sports themselves.

Hmm. American workers will need to step it up to compete with the Chinese, because Kronos says we rank last in skipping work to watch sports (11%) and next to last in both calling in sick the day after (7%) and skipping work to play sports ourselves (5%). Geez, maybe it really is time to move jobs back to the States?

And which sports are most likely to make people skip work? Football (er, soccer) tops the list in Australia, Mexico, France and the United Kingdom. No real surprise there. American workers are most likely to skip work for our own version of football. The Chinese are most likely to call in sick for basketball, the Indians for cricket, and the Canadians for hockey.

So there you have it, so there you are. We all know the score here: you're working on something alone again -- does it really matter what it is? -- because everyone else is preoccupied by the game. Well, I hope the halftime show is good.


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  2. I have a feeling we're last because the Chinese tend to be germ phobs and Americans always feel guilty about missing work.


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