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March Madness at Work

By March 9, 2012

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March 11 is Selection Sunday... which means March 12 will be one of the least-productive days of the year in offices all over the country.

Some companies will fight this, banning tournament discussion on company time or blocking access to sites that host March Madness brackets. But About.com's Human Resources guide, Susan M. Heathfield, suggests a different approach.

Embrace the madness.

Susan interviewed John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., who suggested that employers might consider using March Madness as an annual team building event.

"Companies can use this event as a way to build morale and camaraderie. This could mean putting televisions in the break room, so employees have somewhere to watch the games other than the Internet."

Of course, that advice doesn't apply to every workplace. Strictly speaking, gambling on the NCAA Tournament is illegal in most jurisdictions. If you do decide to sponsor a company March Madness pool, you might want to consider making it a "for bragging rights only" affair.

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