The Royal Wedding is over. Can we go back to work now?

 

Let’s face it.  Not only were a substantial portion of your employees awake before the crack of dawn this morning to tune into all the festivities associated with the wedding of the century – that of British heir Prince William and longtime love Kate Middleton – but you can count on a ridiculous amount of discussion about the event all day long.  Yes, more than the latest Dancing with the Stars foible.  What was up with Beatrice’s hat?  Did the Queen shed a tear?  No, of course she didn’t!

Cyber-Slacking a Reality

The online buzz will be impossible to avoid, and your team members won’t.  According to a recent survey by International Data Corp (IDC), 30 to 40 percent of internet access on company time is spent on non-work related browsing.   Sixty-four percent of employees say they use the Internet for personal interest during
working hours, and experts estimate that up to 40 percent of lost productivity is accounted for by cyber-slacking.

Accept the Hoopla

So what should you do about it?  My first piece of advice is to have a sense of humor.  I don’t think another event like the Royal Wedding will be coming up anytime soon, so let people have some fun with it.  Think of it as the day before Christmas and the mood in the office is playful and relaxed as everyone prepares for some well-deserved time off.  Your employees will appreciate your attitude and will be more motivated to re-engage first thing on Monday morning.

Suggest a Compromise

If a critical task needs to be completed, gather your team together this morning and get the situation out there in the open. Explain that you know everyone is excited about the day’s events, but you need a few hours of focused attention to get the job done before they can jump on board the Royal Wedding train.

 

Alexandra Levit

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  • Tanzil Ahmed

    It is a good article really loves to read based on total truth.

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  • Timothy Dean

    That or the employer has an option of setting up a clear internet usage policy for the employees to follow. It’s not definitely bad to do non-work related activities for as long as your staff knows their limits on how much they should put in work for the day. Some employers even consider monitoring their employees to make sure they’re doing mostly work related tasks but still allowing them to at least have personal time during their breaks, read about it here. Work doesn’t have to be serious all the time, all work with no play once in a while is not beneficial at all, the important thing is you know your main purpose at work and that’s to accomplish your tasks.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Tim:  Thanks for the solid, level-headed approach.  I do think managers have to be practical and realistic on this issue.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Tim:  Thanks for the solid, level-headed approach.  I do think managers have to be practical and realistic on this issue.

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