March Madness at the Office… Embrace it!

(Expanded from Adam’s interview on WBBM Noon Business Hour)

Each year when the NCAA Tournament kicks off, figures emerge about March Madness and the huge productivity losses it causes for employers.

This statistic comes out every year, and every year I laugh because, whether it’s social media sites or NCAA Basketball, employees are going to find anything to be non-productive if they don’t want to be productive. At StratEx, we embrace it. We’re in the heart of Big10 country where there’s seven teams participating in the tournament this year. Since it is such a pull for our employees, we may as well demystify it, make it fun.

It’s only two days out of the work year, why not make it fun? We have employees that went to different colleges competing in the tournament and they can compete with one another while’s it’s on in the background of the office. They’re going to get work done that they need to get done and they’re going to have fun if they want to have fun.

In our office, employees can wear their alma mater colors, we have an office pool and TVs are around the office showing the games. They can even stream it on their computers—no need to use one of those ‘safe buttons’ to pull up a spreadsheet when a manager walks by.

The heat of the madness only lasts two days and employees are going to watch it anyway, so you might as well have fun and build company morale while you’re at it.

Jim Vetta Award Winner 2015

On March 11th, 2015, StratEx awarded its annual Jim Vetta Award to Robin Hawkins, a Project Specialist. Robin is hard-working, thoughtful and collaborative; an exemplary StratExian. Congratulations to Robin- well deserved!

Robin“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

George Bernard Shaw