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CHELMSFORD, Mass., May 21, 2012 — A new global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that employees around the world have, to varying degrees, called in sick to work over a sporting event. Whether they stayed home to watch it on television, attended it live, played the sport themselves, or needed a day off after staying up late to watch, sports have a significant impact on attendance at work. The Kronos “Sidelined by Sports” survey also looks at which sports are most likely to keep employees from their jobs in each region and how guilty – or not guilty – people feel about calling into work sick.

Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. were represented in the survey.

• Significant numbers of employees around the world admit to calling in sick to work so they could stay home and watch or attend a sporting event. China led all surveyed regions with 58 percent, while in France only one percent answered yes. Other countries polled included India with 48 percent, the U.K. with 24 percent, Mexico with 21 percent, Australia with 19 percent, Canada with 13 percent, and the U.S. with 11 percent.

• High numbers of respondents also said that they had called in sick the day after a sporting event because they were up late watching/attending it: 54 percent in China, 41 percent in India, 23 percent in the U.K., 19 percent in Australia, 16 percent in Mexico, nine percent in Canada, seven percent in the U.S., and one percent in France.

• Which sports were most likely to cause employees to miss work? In Australia, France, Mexico, and the U.K., football (referred to as soccer in the U.S.) took the top spot. In the U.S., it was American football, China was basketball, Canada was hockey, and India was cricket. International Competition was also in the top three sports mentioned for six of the eight regions polled – only the U.S. and India did it not rank as high.

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i think this study is bogus. If you think about, with the technology today people are able to still able to do work and look at sporting events at the same time. We are living in a multi-tasking world. We have apps, twitter and websites that can update plays in a split second.  Take NCAA Basketball tournament for example, that is streaming live all day and people are probably watching it on one monitor and doing work on the other monitor in an duel monitor environment in workforce. plus the creation of hot sites and leagues offering online ppv makes easier for people to view this stuff and do work at same time. The only possible reason people “call out sick” is because they are sick or gives them a reason to take a mental break from work.

Posted by FlyersFan on 05/22/12 at 02:24 PM ET

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I think you ought to get it checked out, Paul.

It seems to have been ailing you for a very long time.

grin

Posted by bobbo on 05/22/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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