Workers surveyed by CareerBuilder.com reported the most unusual office pools they’ve placed bets in, including:
- How far the Dow Jones would drop that week,
- Number of emails new manager would send in one day,
- Who in the office would win a burrito eating contest,
- When the gigantic snow pile in the parking lot would melt,
- Co-workers’ cholesterol numbers,
- When the building would be condemned,
- How long it would take for someone to break up, and
- Who would be the next Pope.
Regarding March Madness, nearly one-in-five workers (18%) said they have participated in March Madness pools at work, according to a CareerBuilder.com press release.
Men are more likely to get in on the pools than women. Twenty-four percent of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11% of females.
By region, more workers in the Midwest have played March Madness brackets than any other region. Nearly a quarter (23%) of workers in the Midwest said they have bet on a March Madness pool at work, compared to 18% in the Northeast, 16% in the South, and 15% in the West, the press release said.
CareerBuilder.com surveyed 8,038 U.S. workers between November 12 and December 1, 2008.