March Madness Productivity is Back ….

This is the year of the upset!  In the last four days 48 games were played and 13 ended in upsets.  Kentucky took out Number 1 seed Wichita State, Dayton upset Syracuse and Mercer destroyed more brackets than any other team by taking out Duke.  march madnessOnly 3.3 percent of ESPN brackets had Mercer advancing.  Warren Buffet had a Billion Dollar challenge for the perfect bracket, EVERYONE is out!

Why am I mentioning this in my HR Blog?  Because chances are your employees have filled out a bracket and are obsessing over it.  The NCAA states that 35 Million people participate in pools.   Within three hours of the selection show 693,000 brackets were filled out according to Deborah Stroman, who teaches sports administration at the University of North Carolina.  I looked up information on the brackets today and of two articles I read,  one had 243.9 thousand views and the other had 106.5 thousand.  I wonder if those were viewed from work.

Will it shut your productivity down? Can you stop it?  No, is the answer to both of those questions.  But how do you contain the Madness in your Kingdom?  We suggest you have some fun and join in the Madness.

Embrace the Brackets.  Employees will appreciate the outlet and won’t feel the need to “hide out” on their computers checking scores.

  • Have basketball themed meetings and employee communications.
  • If you have a break room, live stream the games or ESPN updates, so employees can watch together.
  • Set up a blank “Bracket” and fill it in each morning or assign that task to the employee most into the Madness (believe me you will know who that is).
  • Managers can have each employee or department pick a team and have a prize at the end for the team that goes the farthest in the tournament (not monetary, you can’t gamble at work).
  • Pick a “Company Team” that is left in the brackets, and if they win you can bring in lunch.  Begin each meeting with the Bracket update and which employees are still in the game.
  • Allow a “Basketball Casual” on game days or one day a week.  Let everyone wear spirit-wear.

Getting everyone in on the Madness will help avoid resentment between employees who are not into basketball.

Here are some fun facts on productivity and March Madness.  Print

Good Luck during the Madness.  Sweet Sixteen games start on March 27th and it all ends on April 7th with the National Championship.  Click here for the NCAA schedule.

Do you do anything special during March Madness? We’d love to know! 

More info on the Madness:


CBS Sports brackets

March Madness:  Good for Fans, Bad for Business 








About evilqueenhr

Once upon a time there was a boring HR person sitting in a back office filling out paperwork spouting sections from the handbook. I’m not that HR person. Work is a scary and sometimes funny place with lots of lessons to learn along the way. People don’t follow the rules, it’s HR’s job to steer them in the right direction. Unfortunately there are no apples with spells to make the bad employees fall asleep until we can recruit new ones. My Name is Denise Benages and I have been in the Human Resource field for over 16 years. I am president of HR Midwest, Inc. I plan on telling the epic lore of the workplace and help with solutions. Don't Bite the Apple...Work is not a fairy tale!
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