53% of employees who play Pokemon Go admit do so during working hours. 43% say they play up to three hours and 27% play between three and five hours at work a week. 15% say they play the game at work for seven or more hours every week.
Qualtrics, one of the world’s largest specialists in employee engagement, surveyed 500 British Pokemon Go players. According to the research, not only are UK workers relaxed about playing Pokemon Go at work, they would be happy to share their love of Pokemon Go with their bosses too. 33% said they would be proud to tell their employers that they play and only 5% said they would be embarrassed to do so. 40% are neither proud nor embarrassed.
Furthermore, players are far less concerned about playing Pokemon Go at work than they are about trespassing on private land while doing so. Only one in four (21%) admit to trespassing while 79% claim not to have trespassed on private land to play the game.
Alarmingly, people who regularly play thought that up to 60% of their fellow gamers play while driving. 1 in 10 players confessed to having been stopped by Police while playing the game when driving.
Says Ian McVey, UK Director, Qualtrics:
“Pokemon Go is likely to be more of an issue for employers whose staff are at greater liberty to work outside the office than for those who are desk bound. With new versions of the game to come, employers should consider the implications on productivity. They will be weighing up the balances between workplace flexibility and security, for mobile, home and office based workers. That said, consumer technology may have a significant role to play in workplace learning and development. Pokemon Go can be said to have merit in using a sense of fun with which to introduce the concept of augmented and virtual reality”.
*ONS – UK Business Activity