Every single year without fail, we seem to get the nauseating reports of all the lost office productivity due to March Madness. Usually the figures are released right around this time, saying something like “March Madness costs the economy 80 bazillion dollars” because dummies are slacking at work, spending more time checking their bracket busters than their TPS reports. Well, now you have something to counter those reports with. Best of all, this comes from a a professor at a university — so you know it has to be true! According to Kansas State Professor of Management, Diane Swanson:
“Such activities at work do create a bond among employees and increase their interest in being at work and foster a climate of solidarity,” Swanson said. “Instead of people sitting solemnly around and not connecting, these kinds of things can help to connect people and create bonds around a focal point of interest. This is desirable in a climate where employees by the thousands have lost jobs due to outsourcing and whopping misconduct at the top of organizations.”
Yeah, yeah, that’s exactly right! Solidarity, focal points of interest, beating the spread, sleeper teams, how could this not be great for the offices? I like what I’m hearing. And try to get that whole speech down too. I mean come on, how sick would you look in front of your boss rattling off that shpeil?
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