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Survey: March may not mean ‘office madness’ after all

Monday, March 13, 2017 6:59
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A new
survey finds March basketball brackets and office pools can improve
employee engagement, camaraderie and work satisfaction. The study
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target="_blank">Randstad US
, one of the largest HR services and
staffing companies in the United States, found nearly
9 in 10 workers (89%) agree office pools help build better team
camaraderie and 58 percent completely or strongly agree. The survey
found many positive side-effects of “March Madness” among
Generation X’ers and Gen-Z’ers:

  • 84 percent of workers agree office pools go a long way to make
    their jobs more enjoyable (91% of Gen Z; 88% of Gen X)
  • 79 percent of employees agree participating in office pools
    greatly improves their levels of engagement at work (85% of Gen Z;
    84% of Gen X)
  • 73 percent of workers agree they look forward to going to work
    more when they participate in office pools (82% of Gen Z and Gen
  • 50 percent of employees meet up with coworkers after work to
    watch a college basketball game in March (58% of Gen Z; 53% of Gen
  • 39 percent became closer with a coworker after participating in
    an office pool (58% Gen Z; 41% Gen X)

Generation X refers to those born during the early 1960′s to late
1970′s. Generation Z encapsulates those born from the mid-1990′s to
early 2000′s. When it comes to the impact on worker productivity,
the study found 76 percent of employees checked scores during work
hours and 53 percent watched or followed sporting events on their
computers while at work. “While many employers fear a loss of
productivity due to the distraction of office pools during the
college basketball tournament season, our findings suggest the
potential short-term distraction in the office may actually be a
win for employee morale, engagement, and satisfaction in the
long-term,” says Jim Link, chief human resource
officer at Randstad North America. “Given the heightened
competition for talent and the need for organizations to improve
employee engagement and collaboration, our study indicates the
significance of socially connecting with peers to foster deeper
connections and boost employee morale.” For Love or Money?
Interestingly, the Randstad survey found the motivation for
participation is not the potential to make money. The study found
83 percent of workers who have participated in a college basketball
pool said their love of sports is the main reason they participate.
Comparatively, 75 percent said their main reason is to win money.
Other findings from the study include:

  • 41 percent of workers say they have participated in college
    basketball brackets in their offices
  • More men than women participate in college basketball brackets
    in their offices (53% of men; 29% of women)
  • The average amount of money contributed to an office pool by
    employees is $22.44
  • 81 percent of workers who chose not to work the day after
    watching a March college basketball game called in sick



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