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Based on an online survey of 8,000 professionals in the region, GulfTalent has come up with the details of how the FIFA World Cup 2018 will affect employee productivity. According to GulfTalent, an online recruitment portal, staff productivity is set to see a dip not just in the Middle East, but across  the world

Here's what they came up with:

Secretly watching the matches

Of the employees surveyed across the region, 28 per cent or more than one in four, admitted planning to watch some of the games during working hours.

Sleep, what sleep

Almost two-thirds of professionals surveyed said they will watch the late matches even if it meant sleeping late.

When asked how this would impact their work the next day, 74 per cent of them said they would simply cut down on their sleep in order to get to work on time. A further 17 per cent would go to work late, while 8 per cent would take the next day off as annual leave, and one per cent said they would call in sick.

All levels

The survey found that many managers also intended to watch the games during working hours. Within this segment, senior executives and company directors registered the highest rate, with 32 per cent of them planning to watch the games during working hours, as compared to an overall staff average of 28 per cent.

Job roles

Accountants were found more likely than others to secretly watch the games at their desk. Customer service professionals in comparison were more likely than others to take a day of annual leave, while civil engineers were more likely to leave work early to watch the games.

Who is watching?

Based on GulfTalent’s survey findings, 92 percent of employees in the region plan to watch at least some of the games. On a gender basis, the percentage is slightly lower among women at 84 per cent, as compared with 93 per cent of men.

Source: GulfTalent