World Cup Cyberslacking Warnings: Just Junior Varsity FUD

Consider yourself forewarned, business managers: The World Cup will take down your business's operations. Wait...no it won't.

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Look, I'm sure the good folks at SpectorSoft make a wonderful product for spying on employees' Internet browsing. And no doubt: There will be legions of workers around the world who will tune in to catch their national teams competing during the tourney.

But NCAA March Madness history tells us that no company ever went out of business because some of their employees tuned into to see how their beloved hoops teams or hand-written brackets fared during a couple weeks in March. (In fact, I'd argue it actually has brought employees closer together.)

If one of your employees is a problem worker, chances are it wasn't the corporate Internet access to the World Cup tourney that turned him into a terrible, time-wasting employee with a gambling problem. It was the bosses' years of management negligence and ignorance that had already done that.

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