March Madness and Other Bets Are On at the Office

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march madnessIf you're a guy in the Midwest, chances are you'll be wasting valuable office time today working on your March Madness office pool picks. A recent pool from CareerBuilder shows that one in five (20 percent) of all U.S. workers have participated in a collegiate basketball championship office betting pool, with some demographicss much more likely than others to be involved.

The opening round of March Madness starts on March 15, and, since many games are played during the workday, it's not only the betting that is distracting from work, but the watching and the score-checking as well. And workers can be more subtle than ever, with Internet feeds, smart phones and tablet devices.

It's no surprise that men, rather than women, are most affected by the March Madness at work. Twenty-eight percent of male workers said they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 11 percent of females.

Regionally, more workers in the Midwest have played March Madness brackets than anywhere else. More than one-quarter (27 percent) of workers in the Midwest said they have bet on a March Madness pool at work, compared to 20 percent in the Northeast, 17 percent in the South and 16 percent in the West.

Even if you're not into collegiate basketball, you'll still find plenty of office betting pools available to you, according to CareerBuilder survey results. Workers were asked to report the most unusual office pools they've placed bets on, and they came up with some real winners:

  • How long someone could keep binder clips attached to his body.
  • What time during the day a co-worker would fall asleep at her desk.
  • The number of words a manager would say in a meeting, since he was very quiet. The winner was a co-worker who guessed 11 words.
  • The measurement in inches around a pregnant co-worker's belly.
  • What a co-worker would use as his next excuse to call off work.
  • How many people would call in sick the day a new video game came out.
  • How late a co-worker was going to be to a meeting.
  • Who would be the next pope.
  • Who would win the National Spelling Bee.
  • Blood alcohol results on drunk patients.
  • How long two co-workers would date.
  • Who could grow the best mustache.

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