March Madness in the workplace, a morale booster or loss in productivity?
March Madness in the workplace – loss in productivity or morale booster? An OfficeTeam poll earlier this month reported that a third of senios managers believe the March Madness tournament improves morale – up by more than ten percent from a year ago. Only a small amount (7%) of the other senior managers felt negative towards March Madness tournaments in the workplace.
However, the annual study by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. claims that employers lose over 1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour. Their survey also found that 56 percent of workers plan to spend at least one hour of their workday on March Madness activities.
"There are distractions every day at the office, but the first week of the annual men's college basketball tournament is particularly hazardous to workplace productivity," the company's CEO, John Challenger, said in a press release. "While March Madness distractions may not alter the nation's quarterly GDP numbers, you can be assured that department managers and network administrators notice the effect on work output and company-wide internet speeds."
Our March Madness Poll Results
|52% of respondents said their office holds a NCAA March Madness competition|
|83% think March Madness demonstrates a form of employee engagement|
Social Polling Analytics
|Dashboard View of Respondents Browsers, Devices, and Operating Systems|
- 70% of responses were from mobile devices
- 61% of responses were from iPhones
- 9% of responses were from Android smartphones
- 40% of responses came from Twitter ads ($25.00 spent)
- 56% of responses came from a Facebook boosted post on our company page ($25.00 spent)
- 4% of responses came from other referrals from within (free)