Tackling Fantasy Football in the workplace

The U.S. and Canada have 27 million people who play fantasy football. Does it have a place in the workplace by boosting employee teamwork or should it be banned because it lowers productivity?
by Paula Burkes Published: September 11, 2012

Q&A with Lori Engel

Fantasy football vies with work

Q: Fantasy football, which involves online drafting and fielding a team of players from throughout the NFL and pitting them against opposing teams in your league, has an estimated 27 million players in the U.S. and Canada, who each average some nine hours a week managing their teams. Do you think this hurts workplace productivity?

A: It's important to remember there are issues every day that lower productivity — whether it be local, state or national news, an employee or the company. The goal is always to minimize the impact. Fantasy football is no different. I believe there can be constructive ways to work together for a win/win solution that can boost morale and productivity.

Q: Can fantasy football help with team building at work?

A: The short answer is yes. Fantasy football could be made into a fun team competition which would boost teamwork and there could be a nice team prize, perhaps a football cake.

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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