Brackets, at-desk online streaming, and lunchtime soccer -- the World Cup has inspired some interesting office dynamics. Snippets of the game are available on Facebook and through a partnership between Google and ESPN, and many people watch the games online through a stream or on an office TV.
In China, where games are on in the middle of the night and in the early morning, large numbers of people will call in sick, or even buy fake doctors notes to excuse themselves from work during the tournament (one employer garnered favor with his employees by allowing them to work from home throughout the World Cup).
Can you tear your eyes away from the World Cup at the office? Do conversations about the games or a lunchbreak TV check in foster good work relations? How are you watching and working?