[SURVEY] 31% GCC employees will cut on sleep to deal with late night World Cup matches; 3% will report sick
The FIFA 2014 World Cup begins this Thursday, 12 June, with matches to be aired live in Qatar from 7pm to 3am. While this is definitely going to keep football fans up all night, employers are worried about how this would impact staff productivity.
In a survey by GulfTalent, employees in the GCC were asked how they would manage their work during the World Cup season.
- 31% said they would cut on sleep
- 9% said they would take a day of leave
- 8% said they would go to work late
- 3% said they will report sick
However, on a more positive note, almost half the respondents (49%) said, they would avoid watching late matches.
In addition, one third of respondents said they would spend some of their work time discussing the games or watching highlights on the internet.
Ramadan begins during the second half of the World Cup season, during which working hours would be reduced, and employees can thus catch up on lost sleep after work. However, this doesn’t really help those observing Ramadan.
“It will be hard to manage time when Ramadan begins because we will already stay up late at night for fasting. So in general the productivity will be less for these two reasons – Ramadan and staying up late,” says Yousef A., a designer at an advertising firm told JustHere.
“I won’t follow the matches on a daily basis for the first round of the World Cup, since I will be watching the games of the teams I support only. I will start watching it daily from the quarter finals stage as the games will get intense.”
Late nights, tired mornings? Will do!
Now that the FIFA World Cup comes once in four years, fans in Qatar are willing to compromise on sleep.
Says Melchi Shaju, an administration officer at an insurance brokerage firm: “I’m used to watching games late at night and attending work the next day. A true football fan won’t mind that cause of the excitement that comes along with the World Cup. I will probably sleep after work so that I can stay up.”
Meanwhile Terrence Antanio Dias, a community coach at Qatar Stars League and a football player himself for the Al Gharaffa team says that watching late night matches comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
“It just depends on how you look at it. Hopefully here the advantage is that it will help me develop good time management skills and enjoy some great time with friends while watching the games together.
“Football is a massive part of my life as I play at semi professional level here in Qatar, and as the World Cup is around the corner it will definitely mean late nights and tired mornings. It will affect my work as I start working at 7am. Afternoon naps will become a regular so that I’m refreshed to watch the game later at night. This also means I get lesser time to do other personal errands.”
Are you a football fan, how would you manage your time?
Looking to where to watch a match? View our list of match screenings in Qatar here.
[Photo courtesy: Ben Sutherland via Flickr]