World Cup Craze at the Workplace
The World Cup in Brazil is underway, and lots of people are watching the games at work. During the 2010 World Cup, there were about 95 million people watching each match. According to a survey by InsideView, a sales and marketing intelligence firm, more than half of the viewers planned to take some time off work to watch the games,. There are certainly few major issues facing employers during the World Cup:
Bandwidth usage spikes
With the popularity of the event, it is guaranteed some of your employees will be watching the games at work, which will use up the company’s internet connection. Games are typically streamed at speeds ranging from 600Kbits/sec to more than 2Mbits for HD videos. Even with ultra-fast internet connection, HD video streaming will have a noticeable impact, even if only a handful of employees are watching the games online. Since most employees would rather see the game in HD, you can be sure your internet will be affected.
For North Americans, the game times fall largely during business hours. This may mean decreased productivity hours, particularly with the availability of internet live-streaming and the abundance of smartphones.
Risks of malware
There is a growing trend of scammers taking advantage of the latest breaking news and major worldwide events to distribute
malware. Events like the World Cup, which draw such pervasive and ongoing public interest, will definitely be used by tech criminals to their advantage.
What to do
Set up policies around proper internet use, attendance, sick days, and the use of mobile phones during work hours. In addition, the company should retain the right to screen and monitor what activity is conducted on its computer systems.
You can also install a web filter software or hardware appliance that limits bandwidth usage and introduces quotas or allows you to block streaming media, sports and similar sites that demand heavy bandwidth use.
Anti-virus and anti-malware
Ensure your anti-virus and anti-malware software is up to date.
However, don’t be too strict. Research shows that taking breaks during workdays, particularly when they can do a fun activity helps motivate employees to work harder once the break ends. It may actually be a good idea to set up a TV screen in a common area and show some of the games.