Yes, it’s a morale boost, but it doesn’t come free. Employers can expect to “pay” an employee (earning a $40,000-per-year salary) $356 in lost productivity to play a season’s worth of fantasy football on company time. That’s assuming the employee spends the average two hours per workweek setting lineups, researching stats, checking injury reports, etc., according the Challenger Gray and Christmas, a Chicago-based global outplacement and career transitioning firm.
CG&C estimates that 18.3 million workers—59% of the 31 million working-age Americans—participate in fantasy football. U.S. employers lose about $13.4 billion in productivity at the hands of the wildly popular pastime.