Work is the curse of the gambling classes

Forget fag breaks, office workers across Britain are increasingly sneaking off to have a flutter, says a new poll.

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013
One in 20 employees aged 45 and under have treated themselves to a ‘bet break’ whilst a work during the last 12 months, according to gaming site Still, a flutter every now and then does not a trend make. Gambling’s not up there with Facebook, Youtube and the Daily Mail in the employee distraction stakes. Yet.

Nevertheless, the burgeoning generation of iGamblers does mean that your vast IT spend on blocking websites and banning mindless surfing is increasingly pointless. Everyone’s got an all-singing, all-dancing smartphone in their pocket, loaded with apps and time-sucking diversions. More than three quarters (76%) of those who admitted to gambling at work did so on mobile devices. But at least they’re not downloading malware onto your company servers…

Peak gaming time is between 1pm and 3pm, as workers break the day's tedium with a lunchtime flutter. And men are nearly nine times as likely as women to gamble while at the office, it turns out. So, if you fancy running a sweepstake on who in your office gambles at work, that could shorten the odds on a few candidates.

Most heinously, many of the office gamblers polled didn't even feel guilty for indulging their habits. As one respondent noted: ‘I don't smoke and I rarely step away from my desk to make a drink so I think it's fair enough that I sometimes choose to spend my breaks having a quick bet.’

Outrageous. Now, where’s MT’s iPhone? We’re feeling lucky.

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