All work and no play might not be good for business, a new survey shows. With March Madness right around the corner, employers hoping to keep up productivity may want to consider introducing some fun and games to the workplace.
A recent survey found that 20 percent of senior managers felt that work activities tied to the upcoming college basketball playoffs were good for employee morale. The majority of managers (75 percent) also said that sports-related activities in the workplace have no impact on employee productivity.
“It’s often better for managers to acknowledge the appeal of events like March Madness, and provide opportunities for their staff to enjoy the festivities rather than ignore them,” said Robert Hosking, the executive director of OfficeTeam, the company behind the March Madness survey.
Hosking also said that sporting events like March Madness provide a chance for co-workers to bond over shared interests, and can be helpful in developing team-building skills among employees. However, managers may want to set some ground rules to ensure that the festivities don’t affect employee productivity.
OfficeTeam suggests that managers set aside specific times throughout the day for employees to check scores or chat with co-workers about the tournament. And while a little friendly competition might be good for morale, rules about betting and Internet use should be clearly communicated before the festivities begin.