World Cup Taking a Bite Out of Worker Productivity


"You never want to stir up anything controversial that could steer away from your work," she said. "We always say, 'It doesn’t matter and you can be who you are,' but you really are judged by what you wear. People form an opinion of you. You want to dress for the job that you want in today’s economy."

Stafford said she tends to go the safe route and even frowns upon USA World Cup polo-style shirts. But Stafford doesn't hold anything against soccer fans.

"I'm a huge football fan, obviously. I’m British. But I don't wear Rangers sweatshirts to the office either."

Team USA joked about worker absences, posting a mock excuse form on Twitter signed by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Sign up for occasional World Cup dispatches from Brazil delivered right to your phone -- including the best photos and limited highlights -- by "starring" this story in ABC News' phone app. Download ABC News for iPhone here or ABC News for Android here.

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Oscar de la Renta and Oprah Winfrey attend the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 8, 2010, in New York City.
Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage/Getty Images
PHOTO: Up in Ash: Mount Sinabung Erupting
Tibt Nangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO: Firefighters rescue a woman who got stuck in a chimney in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Ventura County Fire Department
PHOTO: Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo