March Madness? The Other Crazy Things Employees Are Betting On

By Eric B. Meyer

Got a busted bracket in your HR Department’s NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket pool?

Well, according to this survey, 1 in 7 U.S. workers planned to fill out a bracket in an NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament office pool. Most likely to participate would be the folks in IT (40 percent), with senior management 50 percent more likely to participate than entry-level employees.

Betting on who will be the next Pope?

But if you want to get with the big ballers, the shot callers, brackets on fleek, you need to raise your game. According to the survey, here are the most unusual pools reported:

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  1. Employees bet on who would become the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Employees predicted when a colleague’s current relationship would end.
  3. Employees made (and played) Bingo cards of common complaints made by a co-worker.
  4. Employees guessed the number of protein coding genes in the human genome.
  5. Employees bet on who would hook-up with whom at the company holiday party.
  6. Employees predicted the weekly eliminations on The Bachelor reality TV competition.
  7. Employees predicted the next co-worker who would quit.

You know, that fourth one may be from the most boring office ever. Maybe they should merge offices with No. 5 on the list.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.


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