For some companies, celebrating the college basketball playoffs with coworkers is a slam dunk. Nearly one in four senior managers (23%) interviewed by staffing firm OfficeTeam said their employer organizes activities tied to sporting events like March Madness. Among those whose firms do get into the games, the top benefit is showing the company supports a healthy blend of work and play (39%), followed by building camaraderie among colleagues (37%).
Even professionals whose organizations aren’t willing to play ball may not be stuck on the sidelines: More than half of employees (53%) reported celebrating sports events with office buddies.
“Many companies are capitalizing on major sporting and cultural events to bring teams together and have more fun at work,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, in a press release. “Embracing the basketball tournament by holding friendly competitions or watching games as a group can boost morale and engagement. Just remember to set guidelines so business priorities are still met.”
The infographic below highlights more key findings from this survey.