March Madness catching on in your office? This week’s 5 for Friday rounds up links about the distractingly popular basketball tournament.
- On the Job: Make Sure March Madness Is Fun, Not Fanatic. USA Today: “OfficeTeam advises that any workplace willing to let employees have fun with March Madness set a few rules, such as granting workers quick breaks to check scores or talk about games with colleagues.”
- Do You Need a March Madness Policy at Work? Findlaw: “Office pools involving money may violate local gambling laws. Don’t let your employees turn your workplace into an illegal sports book.”
- March Madness Can Sap Job Productivity, Boost Morale. The Wichita Eagle: “Rather than trying to quash employee access to scores and games, employers might want to consider how they can make interest in the tournament work to their advantage. A company-wide pool that allows employees to fill out the brackets for fun – and does not involve cash prizes or an entry fee – could be an ice-breaker, and chatter about last-second victories and upsets offers an opportunity for employee bonding.”
- Why March Madness Might Be Good for Office Productivity. CNBC: “More than a third of U.S. businesses take action to prepare their networks for the increased traffic during March Madness, the report said, and some 30 percent of IT professionals said they are pulling all-nighters to get ready.”
- March Madness Scoring In Workplace. WIBC Indianapolis: “A national survey shows that during the workweek, 34-percent of all employed adults will tune in and watch at least one tournament game at work. Those workers are either watching on their work computer or on a television in the break room. However, that figure is down from 38 percent last year.”