Twelve percent of workers say they plan to watch some of the Summer Olympics while they are at work, according to a CareerBuilder.com press release. Younger workers show more interest in watching the games while on the clock than their older counterparts.
Sixteen percent of workers aged 18-24 say they will catch some part of the Olympics while working, compared to 13% of workers aged 25- 34, 11% of workers in both age groups 35-44 and 45-54, and 9% of workers 55 and older.
When workers were asked which Summer Olympic sport most represents their current jobs, responses were:
- Volleyball: It’s a team sport (20%),
- Hurdles: There are a lot of obstacles in the way (14%),
- Marathon : Slow and steady (13%),
- Wrestling: I feel like I am in a holding pattern (11%),
- Weightlifting: You’re bearing all the weight (8%), and
- Synchronized Swimming: My co-workers and I are all on the same page (7%).
According to the press release, the Summer Olympic sports in which workers would most want to compete and win a gold medal are:
- Swimming (37%),
- Baseball/Softball (29%),
- Gymnastics (26%),
- Track and Field (23%),
- Volleyball (23%),
- Cycling (20%),
- Basketball (19%), and
- Soccer (19%).
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com among 7,960 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) between May 22 and June 13, 2008.