Fantasy Football vs. Productivity
Posted by Kimberly Jones, HR Consultant, Credit Union Resources, Inc on 10/7/2013

Millions of people all over the U.S. are playing fantasy football, or trying to keep up with the Kardashians, or tuning into the latest huge TMZ scandal.  Millions of people are at work while they are doing it also.  Live internet streams, Twitter and other media outlets are being accessed and refreshed on the regular, and it’s probably taking up your credit union’s bandwidth and disrupting productivity.  I remember when the news hit that Michael Jackson died, I’m pretty sure there weren’t many people at any workplace getting much work done.

I know most credit unions block certain websites from being accessed since they’re not essential to anyone’s job.  However, in this day and age of modern technology, most people have smart phones and can access almost any website that they could on a desktop.  So, what can you do as an employer?  I’ve heard stories about various policies that have been put into place to prevent disruptions in productivity, such as not allowing visible cell phones at work stations to leaving them in the break room while on the clock.  There’s nothing wrong with these policies, but honestly, there’s no fool proof way to try to keep employees on task but there are some things you can do. 

All employers should have a well-communicated policy in place and consistently enforce it.  Treat your employees like adults, and try to understand that some distractions are inevitable.  When you do have issues arise or individuals continue to violate your policy, address the issue promptly and directly with the individuals involved taking appropriate action when and if needed.   Also, if you don’t want your staff to indulge in disruptive distractions, management must lead by example.  

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