March Madness, the Christmas season for basketball fans, is upon us again. And with it come the usual distractions at work: office pools, water cooler debates, furtive surfing of stats on the work computer. Like any other workplace distraction, management can make it a better or a worse experience.

OfficeTeam took a time out to query managers about how March Madness-related activities affected office morale and productivity. It found that half the senior managers they interviewed said March Madness-themed activities at work boosted morale in their shops. Another 36 percent said March Madness actually contributed to higher productivity.

When they asked the same questions a year ago, the number for each were much lower: 32 percent and 27 percent respectively.

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and BenefitsPRO.com events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com
NOT FOR REPRINT

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from www.copyright.com. All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.