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I watched the video after , long past the hour when I am productive. Your employees might be catching up on events they missed, checking out athlete biographies or viewing live action now, when they should be working. Maybe they have also found the official Olympic website or are more interested in the official sites of star athletes.
Can you stop employees from stopping work to catch up on the Olympics? Certainly; it may be as simple as communicating your policy about internet use in the workplace. If you don’t have a formal policy you could create one or simply remind employees that the computers they are using are company property and other uses should be minimal, if any.
Some companies block certain web sites or curtail availability of bandwidth. If you block web sites make sure you don’t deny access to a site employees need for work. Ask an IT professional for advice about the affect of all that video viewing on company computer capacity. You may solve a mystery about a slow down in capacity that began on August 8th.
There are all kinds of sporting events available for online viewing. The universal appeal of the Olympics, beyond regular sports fans this raises the potential for wasted time. It’s likely that more than the usual 87% of employees are using time at work for personal web surfing this week.
The Olympics don’t end until August 24th so you have time to communicate and enforce your policy. You can start today. You won’t be distracted by links to Olympic web sites in this post, I left them out.