The first of 2 full days of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament tip off today, and fans will be ditching work to instead take in the games. I am sure flus, colds, and other odd reasons will be given to employers to allow people to enjoy the “madness” rather than the menutia of a daily work routine.
Facebook posts describe schemes of working from home, I have seen pictures of desks of people watching 1 game on their PC and 1 game on their iPad.
Managers have contended with employees taking long lunch breaks at sports bars to enjoy the games for decades. Many companies try to block particular websites to save their precious bandwidth in hopes of increasing productivity.
I hate to break it to employers, but if your employee doesn’t feel like being productive, no blocking of websites is going to fix that. In today’s mobile age, people can watch games on their phones, tablets and any other mobile device. You can’t block them – most aren’t even using your bandwidth.
My suggestion – embrace the Madness. Try not to schedule too many big meetings on Thursday and Friday and maybe even try to promote your company’s atmosphere by having a company bracket. You can’t hope to stop March Madness, just embrace it. Embrace the MADNESS!!!