This is really a ridiculous story – like no work time is lost to the Victoria’s Secret launches, the Oscars, or even a really funny episode of 3 1/2 Men. We’re human. We’re social. This is just a cost of doing business with humans. That’s all.
As a boss, I embraced this behavior – this idle chatter, the team building. What’s wrong with that? It makes work more interesting and our co-workers more fun.
And a boss that understands it more human.
A day after the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts earned spots in the Feb. 4 game, a consulting firm estimated that lost wages could exceed $16 million a minute as millions of Americans chat about the game, plan parties, organize betting pools or research big-screen TVs. That’s more than $820 million from the week before the game alone.