It’s been said that U.S. employers lose an estimated $1.8 billion in productivity during March Madness. What is it about office pools that not only drives employees to spend so much time planning, watching, and discussing, but also drives employers to look the other way?
Whether it’s “March Madness,” college football bowl pools, or even the weekly football pick ’em, office pools are a compelling form of entertainment that provides an office common ground in a friendly, competitive environment.
The days of copying a sheet of paper and turning it in to the office pool manager have succumbed to the digital age. One only has to type ”office pool” into Google to see page upon page of office pool variations with free and pay-to-play websites and software. Many of these websites and software provide tips and post-pick analytics in real time, so that everyone can see the results and how they rank against the competition.
It’s a time when the office sports geeks and sports agnostics are on the same wavelength, as employees become more engaged with one another. Water-cooler talk turns from gossip to last night’s upset and today’s Cinderella.
Maybe employers look the other way because it’s an easy way to improve employee morale, or maybe it’s just because they’re in on the action, too. Regardless, it’s easy to see why something as compelling, measurable, and engaging as office pools continue in the work environment.
With that, feel free to join us in some compelling, measurable engagement by participating in the 2010 Kilgannon College Bowl Pool. It’s free to play, and you could win a gift card.
— Gary Sayers, VP, Account Director