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Employees Work Hard, Play Hard for World Cup

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Despite the fact that U.S. Men's Soccer Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann urged employers across the country to give their workers the day off to watch Thursday's World Cup game against Germany, many fans couldn't give up a day of work.

That meant creativity took hold across the Corridor for those who still wanted to tune in.

"We went ahead and moved our meeting to Mickey's Irish Pub," said real estate agent Ryan O'Leary.

O'Leary and commercial banker Mike Poggenklass had scheduled their meeting about a month ago, and when the World Cup game came up, they found a convenient work-around to see the game while still getting in some face-to-face time.

"So we moved our lunch up a little bit and we're planning on extending our lunch just a little bit," Poggenklass said.

But they were still focused on getting work done during the day.

"I was very productive this morning because I knew I had to at least watch the game for an hour or 45 minutes," O'Leary said.

Other workers downtown had the same idea.

"I think I'm going to take my lunch break at noon and find a place to watch it with a crowd," said University of Iowa web designer Lauren Haldeman.

Things were a little different at the IC CoLab, where Jonathan Koob was parked in front of the game with his laptop. He said the World Cup was decreasing his productivity.

"I don't know who could say (it was) increasing," Koob said, laughing.

Koob did realize he was kind of work, by getting a grip on the community conversation about the World Cup on Twitter.

"I'll use that as my excuse to what it, I mean, that's fine," he said, chuckling again.

In all sincerity, Steve Baker, the founder of local start up Radiology Protocols, said productivity is irrelevant, at least right now. He wants to cultivate a positive work culture.

"We're in a growth phase. So if we can tell people, 'What did you do yesterday?' 'Oh, we watched the World Cup at work,' it's a draw. The culture of these young companies is a way we will bring people back from the coast," Baker said.

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