It’s time for March Madness. Do you know where your employees’ heads are?
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, approximately one in seven (15%) of U.S. workers said they plan to participate in office pools this year. That’s up from the 11% who planned to do so in 2014.
Twenty percent of all U.S workers said they’ve participated in an NCAA Tournament office pool in the past.
- Very positive — 9%
- Somewhat positive — 41%
- No impact — 43%
- Somewhat negative — 5%, and
- Very negative — 1%.
- Very positive — 6%
- Somewhat positive — 30%
- No impact — 49%
- Somewhat negative — 13%, and
- Very negative — 2%.
That’s 36% of survey participants who feel that the national basketball championship can actually spark productivity.
Who’s a player?
Workers in IT and sales lead all industries/professions in office pool participation. Here’s an expanded rundown from the CareerBuilder survey:
- IT – 40%
- Sales – 33%
- Financial Services – 30%
- Retail – 27%
- Health Care (offices with more than 50 employees) – 19%, and
- Leisure/Hospitality – 14%.
Other March Madness demographics from Career Builder:
Senior management (C-Levels, VPs, directors/managers/supervisors/team leaders) are far more likely to participate in office pools than entry-level, administrative, professional staff and technical employees – 27% vs. 19%.
Workers in the South and West participate at lower rates (18% and 17%, respectively) compared to workers in the Midwest and Northeast (26% and 23%, respectively).
Count your blessings
If you’re not charmed by the prospect of employees diving into the March Madness pools, look at it this way: It could be worse. CareerBuilder compiled a list of non-sporting related workplace pools, and some of them get a little, well, odd. Here’s the list:
- Employees bet on who would become the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Employees predicted when a colleague’s current relationship would end.
- Employees made Bingo cards of common complaints made by a coworker.
- Employees guessed the number of protein coding genes in the human genome.
- Employees bet on who would hookup with who at the company holiday party.
- Employees predicted the weekly eliminations on the Bachelor reality TV competition.
- Employees predicted the next coworker to quit.