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Sports in the Office Is a Morale Booster, Survey Finds

A survey of employees has once again found that celebrating sports events can help improve…

  • March 27, 2020

A survey of employees has once again found that celebrating sports events can help improve company morale.

Joining in the March hoopla has its perks, new research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows.

Three in four professionals (75%) said their company organizes activities to celebrate sporting events like March Madness.

Of those respondents, 78% feel these festivities improve their on-the-job morale. Participating in friendly competitions and partaking in themed snack breaks or potlucks were cited as the most impactful activities among workers who reported a boost in spirits.

Employees may also engage in sports talk during the college basketball playoffs.

In a separate survey of professionals, the amount of time respondents said they spend discussing nonwork topics with colleagues averaged 34.25 minutes per day.

During sporting events like March Madness, for example, which spans 16 work days, this could be the equivalent of 9 business hours per employee.

Additional findings:

  • More men (86%) than women (67%) at companies that organize sports-related activities feel the gatherings improve on-the-job morale.
  • In the separate survey of professionals in 28 U.S. cities, respondents in Phoenix (40.65 minutes), Miami (40.64 minutes) and Nashville (38.41 minutes) spend the most time each day discussing nonwork subjects.2
  • About one-third of men polled (34%) identified major sporting events as the most popular nonwork topic of conversation in the office, versus 11% of women.2

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