Where the Fifa World Cup 2018 threatens productivity the most

Fans watch the World Cup soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the Municipal Market of foods (CADEG) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil June 15, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
The World Cup has started but employers are not quite as thrilled about their workers being distracted by the daily dose of World Cup drama.

64 matches crammed into roughly four weeks offer plenty of room for distraction, especially when several of these matches kick off during regular working hours.

And while casual fans may be content with watching the odd game here and there, hardcore World Cup enthusiasts have the ambition to watch any match, regardless of the teams.

How large the potential effect of the FIFA World Cup on productivity at the workplace is, depends largely on the time zone.

While bosses in large parts of Asia and Australia can relax because of the games starting at night, Brazilian employees should probably cut their workers some slack over the next few weeks: because of the time difference more than 60 hours of World Cup action will be played during regular working hours in Rio.