The results from another recent survey takes a more contrarian – and more positive – view of March Madness in the workplace. The study, conducted on behalf of a human resources firm, says that office pools surrounding the tournament makes people’s jobs more enjoyable. Three quarters of the 1,200 people surveyed said March Madness pools make them look forward to coming to work more, according to this report on Bloomberg.
Sure, it can be a distraction. Seventy-six percent of those same people said they check scores during the workday and more than half watch the games at the office. But this kind of thing makes people happy and as employers we want our employees to be happy, right?
The Bloomberg report cites previous studies that show how happier workers are more productive and productivity means profits. Even Andrew Challenger agrees. “Efforts to suppress the Madness would mostly likely result in long-term damage to employee morale, loyalty and engagement that would far outweigh any short-term benefit to productivity,” he said to Fox Business. “And, with labor markets getting tighter and tighter, employers would be better off embracing March Madness.”
So let’s embrace March Madness and have fun with our office pools. And let’s go ‘Nova!