One of the funniest experiences I’ve had is one of the company attorneys wanting to participate, but knowing it was illegal, so he didn’t want any evidence he was participating. And may your team be soundly trounced by my team.
So, should you participate? I never have. “However, it is important to remember that there are roughly 108.3 million people on private payrolls, each working an average of 34.2 hours per week, according to the latest Labor Department data. No records. People are paying $5 to place bets. Should I tell the boss or HR?
You could, but chances are, they already know and may well be participating. March Madness isn’t going anywhere any time soon; so, why not take advantage of the events as a spring celebration?
This isn’t to say it’s legal activity. Complain only about lost productivity. So, the total number of hours worked by the American workforce in one week comes to about 3.7 billion hours.”
Last Updated Mar 15, 2011 9:27 AM EDT
Snacks and televisions in break rooms are easy to pull together quickly, and you have a couple of days to consider making March Madness a company team building event. All Rights Reserved.
“At first glance, 8.4 million hours of lost productivity seems like it would deliver a crushing blow to the economy,” said CEO John Challenger. Careerbuilder.com reports that 20% of office workers participate in an office pool during the March Madness. It’s not. I don’t gamble. Nothing changes an activity from fun to work faster than having HR take over.
My advice? Participate if you want to. (I really have no idea if it’s legal to run your own betting pool in a place like Nevada or Atlantic City where gambling is legal.) But, chances of the company collapsing over an illegal college basketball tournament? Slim.
Dear Evil HR Lady,
My coworker is running a March Madness pool. But, if people are giving him $5-$10 per bet and laughing while doing it, I’d leave it alone.
Since people will waste this much time chatting about yak food if that’s what is in the news, I’m not as concerned about this as, perhaps, I should be.
Susan Heathfield of About HR even suggests turning March Madness into a company activity. For further reading:
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© 2011 CBS Interactive Inc.. Very funny.. Gambling is illegal in our state and I’m afraid he’ll get busted. CBS’ (CBS) service attracted 8.3 million visitors last year, who watched 11.7 million hours of online audio and video.
I think that’s a bit of sneaky HR attitude coming out. Most of these are small scale operations but some do get out of hand.
If your coworker is meeting shady characters in the parking lot and filling his desk with stacks of $100 bills, then I’d start worrying. Don’t if you don’t. In fact, my job share partner always ran the office pool. The consulting firm of Challenger, Gray and Christmas estimate a cost of nearly $200 million to the workplace.
Challenger came to its estimate using the 2010 March Madness on Demand traffic statistics from CBSSports.com. My coworkers did. No emails. She writes:
What you should be more worried about is productivity during the month of March