A Little 'Madness' Can Boost Morale

March 15, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – A recent survey by OfficeTeam revealed that 41% of managers say March Madness activities, such as watching game highlights or engaging in friendly competitions, have a positive effect on employee morale.

Only 11% of managers say March Madness activities have a negative impact on morale, according to a press release.       

In addition, a majority of respondents (56%) say March Madness activities do not impact productivity, and 22% believe the festivities actually boost workers’ output.      

“The NCAA basketball tournament is a common topic of conversation at the office as employees may share college allegiances,” said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking, in the press release. “As long as everyone remains a good sport, rooting for a favorite team should not affect morale or productivity.”      

Hosking pointed out that there are opportunities for managers to build camaraderie by organizing activities around March Madness.      

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,000 senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.