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How the World Cup impacts workplace productivity

Are you working more or less because of the World Cup? Seems there may be benefits to watching the world's game.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: June 27, 2014 at 4:32 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014

How did you watch the United States/Germany game on Thursday?

Were you at a fan party in a basketball arena? Did you gather some friends together and watch on a huge flat screen TV? Did you take an early lunch?

It seems that much of working America stopped working during the crucial World Cup game, which the United States lost (but still managed to qualify for the next round).

Maybe it was the coach of the United States men's soccer team, Jurgen Klinsmann, who influenced many to miss work. The former German international player offered the public a note to hand to employers if they were planning to miss work, according to The Independent.

“I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause,” the note read.

Thousands apparently took Klinsmann’s advice and skipped work, according to The Associated Press. People gathered together in large fan parties to watch as the United States competed in the rain-washed Recife, Brazil, The AP reported.

"We don't have many moments where you can find a common interest among a big chunk of that population. Sports, and in particular a World Cup-type event with a national team — and tense and dramatic sporting moments — really bring people together," said Matt Rogers, who, along with the Urban Institute, held a party for the institute’s employees, The AP reported.

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