Why March Madness Sends IT Into Overtime
With many employees making their bracket selections for this week’s NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament (a sporting event better known as “March Madness”), technology departments are bracing for potential IT network issues, according to a recent survey from Riverbed Technology. Most tech professionals said they’ll need to closely monitor the network this week, and many will have to either come to work early or stay late to ensure business continuity. That said, there are positive outcomes from the games, according to a survey from OfficeTeam: The NCAA frequently serves as a kind of team-building exercise, senior managers said, especially when bracket selection contests are presented as organized company events. It doesn’t hurt that most employees feel that March Madness has no impact on their job performance. "Many companies are capitalizing on major sporting and cultural events to bring teams together and have more fun at work," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Embracing the basketball tournament by holding friendly competitions or watching games as a group can boost morale and engagement. Just remember to set guidelines so business priorities are still met." More than 300 senior managers and 300 workers took part in the OfficeTeam research. An estimated 500 IT professionals took part in the Riverbed research, which was conducted by Wakefield Research.