Employees Like Bonding Over Sport Events

Men and employees ages 18 to 34 are more likely to say they love keeping up with sports in the office and bonding with colleagues over them.

March Madness starts next week, and a survey from OfficeTeam finds professionals say they spend an average of 25.5 minutes per day on sports-related activities in the office during the college basketball playoffs.

 

With the tournament spread across 15 workdays, that’s the equivalent of six hours per employee, OfficeTeam notes.

 

Men (64%) and employees ages 18 to 34 (55%) are more likely to say they love keeping up with sports in the office and bonding with colleagues over them. Checking game scores and team rankings (62%) and an increase in sports talk (59%) are the most common workplace behaviors around major sporting attractions, according to senior managers.

 

Nearly half of professionals (46%) are big fans of celebrating sporting events like March Madness in the office, while one-third aren’t very fond of these activities but still play along. More than one in five respondents (21%) would rather focus on work and not celebrate sports.

 

Male employees and those ages 18 to 34 spend the most time on tournament-related activities at work (36 minutes and 34 minutes on average a day, respectively), such as talking to colleagues and participating in informal competitions.

 

“While employers may worry about events like March Madness being a distraction in the office, allowing workers to enjoy sports-related activities for even a few minutes can be time well spent,” says Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “Staff will appreciate the opportunity to bond with colleagues and return to their desks rejuvenated.”