This just in…office betting is en vogue and better than ever.
Well, kind of.
According to a new survey released by OfficeTeam, the NCAA basketball tournament provides opportunities for colleagues to foster relationships in the office. Almost one-third of senior managers participating in the survey mentioned activities related to brackets boost employee morale.
More than one-quarter believed March Madness boosts productivity. Essentially, managers were asked if they felt March Madness activities like watching games or participating in pools that don’t involve money have a positive or negative impact on employee morale. (Sidebar: We’ve yet to see an office pool that doesn’t involve money but that’s neither here nor there.)
They were also asked, “Do you feel March Madness activities in the workplace have a positive or negative impact on employee productivity?”
In a press release, Robert Hosking, executive director at OfficeTeam, stated:
“Many companies acknowledge the appeal of sporting events like March Madness and organize friendly contests or invite workers to watch games together. Group activities like this can boost employee morale as workers have fun discussing game scores or their favorite schools.”
That said, it’s important to not take things too far. Learn about your company’s policy in terms of breaks, personal online use and workspace decorations. And yes, it’s perfectly fine to linger around that water cooler to dish about the latest games but don’t let games distract you from a task that needs to get done.
If you’re a die-hard fan, you may want to consider requesting time off to watch a specific game.