March Madness

Basketball fans across the country are soon to be glued to their TVs, computers and mobile devices for 67 games played over the course of three weeks, some of which will air during work hours. While taking time to check scores and team rankings may feel like a loss of productivity, managers can flip the script by using March Madness as an opportunity to improve morale, encourage team bonding and reward employees for their hard work.

With that in mind, Jim Van Til, manager of HR services with Insperity, shares the following tips about how company leaders can embrace March Madness in the office:

Foster team spirit

Managers can use the tournament as an excuse to have fun in the office during an often-stressful time of year. The energy and excitement surrounding March Madness can help build stronger bonds between colleagues, especially if fostered by company leaders. Managers may consider taking time to discuss the games with team members, encouraging them to bring their excitement and team spirit into the office.

Make it a party

To encourage employees to socialize, managers may consider hosting a watch party for a game that is scheduled to tip off during work hours. If budgets allow, managers may order pizza or provide other snacks for the event and encourage employees to drop in and watch parts of the game in a spare conference room.

Relax the dress code

On big game days, managers may encourage employees to wear school colors or jerseys to show their team spirit. While it may not seem like a huge perk, many employees who work in a formal office environment appreciate the opportunity to relax on occasion. A temporary relaxed dress code can help forge new friendships by fostering conversations about teams or alma maters.

Set boundaries

Even with the fun surrounding March Madness, normal business operations must continue. With streaming services on computers, phones and office TVs, games and updates are constantly available to employees. Managers may consider allowing employees to watch games during business hours as long as they continue to complete work and projects on time. Leaders should also remind employees that not everyone is interested in the tournament. Therefore, noise and other disruption should be limited by using headphones when possible and discussing games at a respectful volume.

Media outlets are invited to use these tips and attribute them to Jim Van Til, manager of HR services with Insperity. Those interested in speaking with Jim can schedule an interview by contacting Caitlin Bagnall at

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