Have employees at your company been somewhat less productive in recent weeks? It may be something other than spring fever.
What is the smoke monster on Lost? Will Edie ever return to Wisteria Lane after being dissed by her fellow Desperate Housewives? Who will win on American Idol and Dancing With the Stars?
Those are the water cooler questions being debated in many workplaces now that May TV sweeps is in full swing.
A full 17% of employees surveyed by Spherion Snapshot say they discuss Idol on company time. A smaller percentage get really hot under the collar about the talent contest: 9% engaged in a debate at work over the contestants. Both numbers are down slightly from last year (which make sense because this year’s Idol is drawing smaller numbers of viewers).
What programs are most discussed in the workplace?
- American Idol, 33%
- Dancing With the Stars, 15%
- Lost, 13%
- CSI, 10%.
Given that the contestants on Idol represent the under-30 set, you’d think they’d be discussing the show more than any other age group. Not so. Workers age 65 and older were more likely than any other age group to say they discuss Idol more than any other show, at 42%.