Survey: March Madness boosts employee morale

Have you filled out your bracket yet?

More than 70 million Americans are expected to fill out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament, competing for money or just bragging rights with friends and co-workers.

But is filling out a bracket and following the “March Madness” bad for business?
It can actually boost employee morale, according to global staffing firm Robert Half.

Their study found 72% of managers found it had a “positive impact on staff morale” and more than half found “productivity benefits”.

“Many companies recognize it’s impractical to downplay the office buzz around major sporting events like March Madness,” said Stephanie Naznitsky, executive director of OfficeTeam a division of Robert Half.

“Employees just need to remember to play by the rules. Make sure completing assignments remains the top priority,” she added.

In Mississippi, March Madness will be in full swing as both Ole Miss and Mississippi State are headed to the tournament.

Which team are you rooting for?

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Mississippi State heads west for the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Download your bracket here.