Workers Share Unusual Office Pools

March 10, 2011 ( – A CareerBuilder survey reveals one in five workers have participated in March Madness pools at work.

However, it also uncovered some more unusual things that workers have bet on.  

According to a press release, the most unusual office pools in which workers reported participating, include:  

  • How long someone could keep binder clips attached to his body; 
  • What time during the day a co-worker would fall asleep at her desk; 
  • The number of words a manger would say in a meeting since he was very quiet. The winner was a co-worker who guessed 11 words; 
  • The measurement in inches around a pregnant co-worker’s belly; 
  • What a co-worker would use as his next excuse to call off work; 
  • How many people would call in sick the day a new video game came out; 
  • How late a co-worker was going to be to a meeting; 
  • Who would be the next pope; 
  • Who would win the National Spelling Bee; 
  • Blood alcohol results on drunk patients; 
  • How long two co-workers would date; and 
  • Who could grow the best mustache. 


As for March Madness, 28% of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11% of females. More than one-quarter (27%) of workers in the Midwest said they have bet on a March Madness pool at work, compared to 20% in the Northeast, 17% in the South and 16% in the West.  

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,910 U.S. employees (employed full-time; not self-employed; non government) ages 18 and over between November 15 and December 2, 2010.