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March Madness

Most Managers Neutral on Impact of March Madness Activities on Employee Morale, Productivity

Toronto - March Madness activities at work are less of a slam dunk for increasing morale and productivity, new research suggests. Seventy-six per cent of senior managers interviewed said festivities tied to the college basketball playoffs have no impact one way or the other on employee morale. Nearly one in five (18 per cent) see some advantages to letting staff celebrate their favourite teams, down from 58 per cent one year ago. Managers were also less inclined to see productivity benefits.

In a separate survey, 36 per cent of office workers polled said they are distracted at work by major sports events. This is up from 20 per cent five years ago.
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Senior managers were asked, "Do you feel March Madness activities in the workplace, such as watching games or participating in pools that don't involve money, have a positive or negative impact on employee morale?" Their responses:

Senior managers were also asked, "Do you feel March Madness activities in the workplace have a positive or negative impact on employee productivity?" Their responses:

*Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

Workers were asked, "Are you ever distracted from your work by major sporting events?" Their responses:

"Although celebratory activities related to sporting or entertainment events might be regarded as workplace distractions, with the right approach as a company, productivity doesn't have to tank as a result of their use," said Koula Vasilopoulos, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Enjoyed in moderation, occasions such as March Madness allow employees the opportunity to take a break, connect over shared passions and return with a sense of satisfaction, which in the long run enhances both loyalty and motivation."
OfficeTeam highlights some do's and don'ts when celebrating March Madness at work:

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