Concerns that staff would spend much of the World Cup watching
streams of live games sat at their desks, rather than working, appear to have
been a little premature with a poll conducted by silicon.com finding that most
employees favor less distracting methods of keeping up with matches.
A survey of silicon.com readers found only 10 percent are keeping
up with games by watching live streams on the Internet while in the office. The
most popular way for people to keep up with matches was to check the internet
for news updates.
Better news for bosses was that 31 percent of respondents who
said they have better things to do than keep up with the football, while just
one per cent said it was more than their job's worth to be caught keeping an eye
on the World Cup.
Televisions appear to have found their way into many workplaces
with 12 per cent of respondents saying they are following games on the TV, while
five per cent rely upon the radio.
A modest three per cent of respondents said they rely upon word of
mouth--possibly listening for the oohs and aahs from their colleagues following
the game more closely.
No respondents to the survey said they use mobile phone alerts,
which is perhaps unsurprising given separate research out today that revealed
many alert services offered by UK operators are failing miserably to keep fans
in touch with what's happening on the pitches in Germany.
Many took more than four minutes to alert users to Peter Crouch's
opening goal for England last night and the match had finished before some users
received news of Steve Gerrard's wonder-strike.
Argogroup, which conducted the research, claims the worst
performer was Vodafone which it claims sent out starting line-ups for one match
a full 44 minutes after kick-off.
Will Sturgeon of Silicon.com reported from London.