March Madness Can Improve Office Morale

Any sort of office pool for tangible gain is still considered gambling. Your employees are very likely filling out their March Madness brackets right now. This year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) 81st annual college basketball tournament – dubbed March Madness – runs March 19 through April 8. In 2019, March Madness will cost employers an estimated $13.3 billion in lost productivity, according to a recent report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Employees may be checking game scores, conversing with their co-workers more frequently and even watching games while on the clock. Major sporting events distract 49 percent of professionals at work, up from 38 percent in 2016, according to a recent Robert Half survey. This means over 75 million employees in the U.S. will be distracted during work hours. While this could be discouraging to employers, other studies show that March Madness can actually improve office morale and…

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