More than 56 million Americans play fantasy football—37 million of which are employed full time. While many employers may be concerned about loss of productivity during the 17-week football season, there are actually many benefits that can be achieved by allowing employees to play fantasy sports in moderation at work.
- Increase employee morale—Fantasy sports can be a great way for co-workers to bond in the break room or at the water cooler. Even if your company does not have its own office league, employees can discuss their performance in other leagues with their colleagues.
- Increase productivity in the long run—Research has shown that short breaks throughout the day can boost creativity and increase productivity in the long run. Allowing your employees to manage their fantasy teams in moderation during work may boost your company’s bottom line.
- Promote interdepartmental collaboration—Creating an office fantasy league can help people from other departments get to know each other.
Best Practices for Fantasy Sports in the Workplace
Follow the tips below to prepare your business for fantasy football season:
- Create a clear policy outlining what kind of gambling is allowed in the workplace and include it in your employee handbook.
- Require employees to ask HR for approval before setting up a fantasy sports league in the office.
- If you choose to set up a league, explain to employees early on that this does not give them permission to neglect their work. Outline the extent to which employees can manage their fantasy teams during work and if they can use company property (work laptops, email, etc.).
- Train supervisors to identify any possible issues of exclusion relating to fantasy sports in order to avoid issues down the road.
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