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February 10, 2009
Most Employees Allowed to Watch Inauguration
Most employers allowed their workers to watch the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on television or over the internet, according to a survey by Compensation.BLR.com and HR.BLR.com. In fact, more than half of them provided employees with a broadcast of the historical event.

When asked “Did you allow employees to watch the Presidential Inauguration?,” over two-thirds of employers responded “Yes”: 57 percent responded “Yes, we provided a broadcast for employee viewing” and an additional 17 percent responded “Yes, we looked the other way if they watched on internet.” Only 28 percent of employers responded “No, if they wanted to watch they had to take time off.”

It’s estimated that over 1 million people were in attendance in Washington, D.C. on January 20 to witness the inauguration in person. Another estimated 37.8 million viewers watched the inauguration on television—not including those who watched the event streamed over the internet. Meanwhile, CNN reported that it generated an all-time record 21 million online video streams on the day of the inauguration.

The HR.BLR.com/Compensation.BLR.com poll included 326 respondents.

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