It's March Madness, and you're stuck at work. Asking for a month of paid time off probably isn’t going to fly with your boss, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely deprive yourself of the Madness. With a little logic and a few numbers, we’re confident you can get a little extra excitement into your 9-5 this month.
To help you out, we’ve come up with three convincing reasons to help convince your boss that not only is watching March Madness okay at work, it's actually good for your productivity.
1. March Madness helps you work better.
A good game gets the blood pumping. It gets you ready for action, heightens your awareness, and keeps you at the top of your game. Surely your boss doesn’t want you to be part of the 60% of disengaged workers, right? Getting your game on pumps you up, and means you’ll jump back into work with a great attitude. Your boss can’t argue with that.
2. March Madness builds camaraderie.
When the tournament rolls around, the whole office gets involved. Friendly rivalries, comparing players’ stats, exercising our fine-tuned predictive abilities; what better way to build a team than around a common interest? A Harris Interactive poll shows that 84% of employees say they work better with a sense of office camaraderie. Let March Madness help with that.
3. March Madness boosts morale.
No one wants to work in a stuffy office with strict rules and unhappy coworkers. A federal study showed that a whopping 47.8 percent of workers rated their morale much lower than average. One suggestion for fixing that? Give employees more chances for short breaks and opportunities for fun! (say, for instance, catching a few minutes of a game in between projects). When workers are happy, more work gets done, and everyone wins.
Run these facts by your boss today, and see if you can't win yourself a little extra March Madness time in the office.
Tell us in the comments: how are you going to convince your boss to turn on the game?