In the month of March, it can be near impossible to escape the Madness! College alums rep their team’s jerseys, casual sports fans suddenly become glued to the T.V., and when it seems like everyone from your seven-year-old to your Grandma has a bracket going, the mania reaches its peak. But what do you do when you have to leave your T.V. and Twitter feeds behind and head to work? Embracing March Madness in the workspace can be tricky. It has the potential to derail productivity, but when done right, this sports season can bring out the best in your employees and office space. Use these tips for a smooth trip through the madness!
Viewing parties, good-natured competition among colleagues, and basketball mania galore highlight life at AdvantEdge Workspaces during March Madness. Like most of the nation, we have dove head first into the "Madness" of March Madness! Surprisingly, only 11% of employers support March Madness in the office, stating that it inhibits productivity. As we celebrate our sixth year of inter-office bracket challenges and social office events, our shared workspace begs to differ!
It’s March, which means two things: NCAA basketball is about to own the airwaves
and you’ve probably already received an invitation to your office bracket pool. While some of us look forward to the Madness (s’go Buffs!) and others simply tolerate it, recent studies reveal the quantifiable hit businesses take on when their employees take a time out as opposed to keeping their heads in the game. According to the research, 50 million American workers will participate in an office pool (including the President) and companies stand to lose $1.2 billion as a result of unproductive hours spent researching or watching games. While employees will undoubtedly get caught up in the drama of conference rivalries and underdog upsets, loyalty to one’s alma mater over their company’s bottom line can put businesses in a sticky spot. Avoid a technical foul by adhering to some simple office etiquette in this holy month of March.