World Cup Taking a Bite Out of Worker Productivity

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"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.

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