According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, 56.8 million Americans and Canadians participate in fantasy sports, of which 37.5 million are employed full time. Fantasy sports participants typically compete against each other for the league championship by selecting a team of players who earn points based on their real performance.As a result, employees are often thinking about and analyzing their fantasy team during the work week. With games virtually every day, participants must make sure their roster is set up for success, including monitoring players’ injuries, adding and dropping players each week, and negotiating trades. For companies managing employees this can mean increased distractions in the workplace and a drain on employee productivity.
But there is also a bright side to workplace fantasy football leagues.