So much office productivity is lost during March Madness basketball season. And it isn’t going away anytime soon. So why not make the best of the situation? Who knows? You might even win it all and get bragging rights for the remainder of the year!
9 Tips to Increase Productivity During March Madness
Refs review the rules.
Supervisors should review the company rules with all staff concerning work breaks and use of the internet for non-work related activities. So everyone is clear on what’s acceptable when it comes to March Madness.
Lead the fast break.
Set the example by not getting sidelined from duties. If you complete assignments before talking hoops, team members will likely follow your lead.
Diagram the play.
Set goals and make sure work activities are scheduled for each day. Having them write down a daily to-do list helps them stay engaged.
Let workers wear their favorite team’s apparel or decorate their work areas to get in the mood.
Bring on the competition.
Think about forming a competition where members can pick their favorites individually or in small groups and winners can rib their work-mates about their success in a friendly way. Your company could even award small prizes to winners.
Stay out of foul trouble.
Make sure workers put away their cell phones. This helps minimize the impulse to keep sneaking a peek for scores, texts from friends or social media updates that can distract them from their activities.
Grant timeouts. Staying productive doesn’t mean nose to the grindstone 8 hours a day – That’s unrealistic. It’s okay to allow employees 5-minute breaks to review scores, check their brackets, or chat with co-workers about the tourney to re-energize and refocus.
Save it for halftime. Suggest workers schedule lunch times with other March Madness fans. Within a defined time, they can discuss the results and scores to their heart’s content to get it out of their systems during off-company hours
Bring in your bench players. If your team wants to request time off to watch the tournament, have them put in for it in advance so you’re not caught short-handed. That way you can manage workloads and determine if temporary help is to meet required deadlines. If you need, we know a good temp staffing firm (www.flexicew.com) who can help you meet your temporary short-time employment needs.
Flexicrew has a solid gameplan for maintaining March Madness productivity. Just give us a call and pass the ball into our court.