Beijing Olympics of no real interest to most UK employees

As the Olympic Games get underway today (8 August) in China, employers closer to home can breathe a sigh of relief that the majority of workers seem uninterested in the Games.

A poll by online jobs board Monster found that almost three-quarters of 703 workers surveyed said they didn’t plan to take any time out of their working day to keep track of events in Beijing.

Workers have experienced an embarrassment of riches in the sporting calendar this summer, including Euro 2008, Wimbledon, Test cricket and now the Olympics.

Monster said the results might suggest that companies are reaching ‘sports fatigue’. Just one in 10 said they would be logging or viewing online at every opportunity they got.

“Although it’s always good to see that employees are focusing on the work at hand, the Olympics is a special occasion,” said Julian Acquari, managing director at Monster UK and Ireland. “Building a positive environment in the office over a major event like this can bring colleagues together.”

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