March Madness Productivity Blues

We are right in the thick of March Madness and very excited that two teams from the Triangle made it to the Sweet Sixteen- the underdog Wolfpack of North Carolina State University and the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! According to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. 2012 March Madness Report companies lost an estimated $175 million last week due to employees watching games, checking scores and managing their brackets during office hours.

It is apparent that many workers plan to follow the tournament whether the workplace allows it or not. Eighty six percent of respondents to a MSN poll indicated that they were going to keep tabs on the action. Whether you choose to call in "sick" and work from the couch or take a long lunch to catch the games at a local pub, ScreenConnect offers employees the option to work remotely. Download the ScreenConnect mobile application to easily connect with your client or work computer via your Android or Apple device.

In the Triangle we take basketball very seriously. As an incentive our office featured the NCAA tournament games on the conference room televisions. Most offices aren’t so nice. Here are our "Top 10" ways to not get caught when working remotely:

  1. Utilize text and email when possible
  2. Prep desk and computer to seem used
  3. Turn on webcam so you can see if anyone stops by
  4. Make sure and send emails consistently throughout the day
  5. Route office calls to mobile
  6. Prep documents earlier in the week that can be sent out for review during the games
  7. Do a drive by of locations early in the week to check wifi, cellular reception, and tables with power outlets
  8. If possible try to be seen at work early in the morning and again between 4:30 to 5:30
  9. Don't seem to knowledgeable about the games
  10. Find a location far enough from work that you don't run into your boss
Posted by Jeff Bishop at 8:55 AM       0 Comments       Share
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