Michelle Southern reporting.
With March Madness officially kicking off today, a staffing firm finds that nearly one in four companies organize activities tied to sporting events and it actually boosts morale. Office Team District President Brandi Britton says managers who do things like hold a bracket competition tend to have happier employees.
"So it can be a good idea for them to find ways to incorporate fun activities around March Madness," said Britton.
Britton said they found only 14 percent of employers felt the tournament was a distraction. She says celebrating this fun time in college basketball can promote a healthy mix of work and play, but managers still need to be organized about it.
"Making it clear when employees can go in the break room and get caught up on the games, or even planning activities after work," said Britton.
Britton says among those whose firms do get into the games, 37% report the top benefit is that friendly competitions help build camaraderie among colleagues. She says businesses should capitalize on major sporting events to bring teams together and have more fun at work.
"It's an opportunity to build morale within your company," said Britton. "So you might as well try to leverage it but be very clear about what your expectations are."
She says 66% percent of employees feel that celebrating sporting events can boost their overall happiness at work.