Let's face it. Not only were a substantial portion of your employees awake before the crack of dawn this morning to tune into all the festivities associated with the wedding of the century - that of British heir Prince William and longtime love Kate Middleton - but you can count on a ridiculous amount of discussion about the event all day long. Yes, more than the latest Dancing with the Stars foible. What was up with Beatrice's hat? Did the Queen shed a tear? No, of course she didn't!
The online buzz will be impossible to avoid, and your team members won't. According to a recent survey by International Data Corp (IDC), 30 to 40 percent of internet access on company time is spent on non-work related browsing. Sixty-four percent of employees say they use the Internet for personal interest during
working hours, and experts estimate that up to 40 percent of lost productivity is accounted for by cyber-slacking.
So what should you do about it? My first piece of advice is to have a sense of humor. I don't think another event like the Royal Wedding will be coming up anytime soon, so let people have some fun with it. Think of it as the day before Christmas and the mood in the office is playful and relaxed as everyone prepares for some well-deserved time off. Your employees will appreciate your attitude and will be more motivated to re-engage first thing on Monday morning.
If a critical task needs to be completed, gather your team together this morning and get the situation out there in the open. Explain that you know everyone is excited about the day's events, but you need a few hours of focused attention to get the job done before they can jump on board the Royal Wedding train.