IT Pros Dominate March Madness

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-20-2015 Email

When it comes to participating in office pools for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament–otherwise known as March Madness–IT workers dominate, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Typically, employees fill out bracket sheets to predict the winners of every game, all the way through the Final Four and championship. (And, yes, usually there is money involved.) Apparently, tech workers are more likely to enter these pools than any other category of professional, findings show. So, as a CIO, do you perceive of this as a good or a bad thing? Well, that depends upon whichever research you buy into. On the cautionary side, U.S. companies lose at least $544 million due to employees spending time on their bracket picks and keeping up with games/scores, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas. On the other hand, far more U.S. senior managers feel that these activities have a positive impact upon the workplace than those who feel they're negative, according to OfficeTeam. (Especially with respect to office morale and bond-building.) So, clearly, CIOs need to make their own call here. (And it may help to look up the "rulebook," meaning your company's policies about employees participating in March Madness.) The following are select findings from the CareerBuilder survey. In addition, CareerBuilder has also come up with a number of real-life “oddball” office pools, and we're including some of those here. More than 3,055 U.S. workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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