Running Your Business During March Madness: Don't. (Run An Office Pool Instead)

Running Your Business During the NCAA Tournament: Don't. (Run An Office Pool Instead)

Don't Be Crazy, Use March Madness to Your Advantage

Nicky G
Nicky G

Do you own and/or run a business?

Do you have employees?

Do you know what they're doing during March Madness?

Well, I don't mean to upset you, but I'm here to tell you something very important - even at the expense of "selling out" my fellow workers.

Here goes...

During March Madness, your employees will be watching college basketball.

Given the NCAA tournament's schedule, they'll actually be watching college basketball at work.

And, to not to put too fine a point on it: they'll be playing an NCAA bracket pool while they're on the clock, too, all of them hoping to craft that elusive perfect bracket.

And there's nothing you can do about it.

Not Me, You Say, My Team Would Never Do That

Yeah, okay.

It doesn't matter if you run a tech startup, a car body shop, a waste management facility, a nail salon, a pretzel kiosk, or an operating room. During March Madness, a TV or phone will be streaming the college basketball, and your people will be cheering.

From Selection Sunday well through the Final Four, civilization as we know it grinds to a beautiful halt.

It's estimated that more than $13.3B in productivity is lost each year because workers enjoy themselves during the NCAA Tournament.

Your business will not be any different.

And here's the thing...

You Clearly Can't Suppress March Madness

So don't even try.

The NCAA tournament app even has a boss button, which we worker-bees click to instantly switch the screen to something more benign than college basketball.

Do you really want to be that boss, the one that a "boss button" is for? No. You don't.

Unless you want to levy long-term damage on team morale, loyalty, and engagement for the short-term benefit of half-cocked productivity, you're going to have to let it happen.

Or, instead of merely resigning yourself to lost productivity...

You Can Make an Office March Madness Bracket Of Your Own!

Don't swim against the massive rip current of excitement and fanfare that March Madness generates! Use it to your advantage. Host a March Madness pool!

You'd be surprised how motivated your employees will be to beat not just each other, but you, in filling out their NCAA brackets.

But I don't know the first thing about runing my own March Madness pool, you say.

Fair point.

Good thing we make it so easy.

This is How You Can Run a March Madness Pool

If you or your HR team are particularly sports-savvy, you can jump in and just make a standard NCAA tournament pick'em pool right away.

If not, we wrote this brief beginners' guide to March Madness (or if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can check out these alternatives to standard NCAA brackets) or you can just check out RunYourPool for Business.

Wait, RunYourPool has a Business Side?

Indeed we do!

We've been running March Madness pools for all sorts of companies - some of them very large, most of them small - for many, many years. So we've come to learn a few things particularly about running a March Madness bracket for your office.

Here's a few things you'll get out of running this with us:

  1. It's Custom: You can personalize your NCAA Tournament pool with your company's logo and brand color. None of the big apps like CBS Sports or ESPN do that.
  2. It's Powerful: It doesn't matter how big your company is! We can (and often do) run March Madness brackets for tens of thousands of people.
  3. It's Legal:  As long as you don't charge your employees to play in your NCAA brackets pool (and who would do that?) this venture is totally on the level. You can offer up a little prize to sweeten the deal. (We can help you with any questions you might have based on your state's legal requirements, too.)
  4. It's Easy: It takes about 10 minutes of your time to set up and requires no college basketball or NCAA Tournament knowledge.

So in the end, this isn't just about your employees not hating you. This is about turning something that could be a major drain on resources into a team-building experience for the whole, well... team! (Also, we have to say it feels pretty good to beat coworkers at NCAA brackets, too).

(Looking to be a 1 seed in your employees hearts this March? Start here)

NCAAMMarch Madness

Nicky G

NCAA: WVU 🏀 & Michigan 🏈 NFL: Pats 🇺🇸 NBA: Spurs 🤠 NHL: Penguins 🐧 MLB: Orioles 😢 Now that I write this all out I finally understand my love-hate relationship with sports.