|A new survey, commissioned by consultancy firm Morse, claims that online gambling while at work is costing English firms more than £300m every year in lost productivity.|
The research reveals that 30 percent had used an online casino, bought a lottery ticket or made a bet while on office time – or new someone who had. The survey suggested that such employees would accumulate 13 hours gambling on the Internet over a year.
According to the firm conducting the study, such quick bets amass to a substantial dent in company productivity. The rise in popularity of online casinos and other internet gambling outlets, matched with unmonitored Internet provided at the majority of workplaces, is blamed for tempting employees with less than a fully sustained focus in the office.
The survey, which quizzed 664 office workers nationwide, showed that 38 percent of men admitted to online gambling at work, compared with 21 percent of women. Regional spread was also revealed: 35 percent of those in Northern England were making bets on company time, compared with 29 percent in the South and 27 percent, the least, in the Midlands.