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Office Pools: Do the Super Bowl and Other Major Events Affect Work?
Alexandria, Va., – Two-thirds of employers do not have policies regulating office pools, fantasy sports leagues, or gambling in the workplace, according to the
“Workplace Policies for Office Pools” poll released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
One-third of surveyed organizations do have workplace gambling policies, but few disciplined (four percent) or terminated (two percent) employees within the last 12 months for not complying with the policy.
“Few employers have policies on office pools at work, but those that do tend to craft strong policies that prohibit gambling at work and include disciplinary action and termination clauses,” said Deborah Keary, director of human resources at SHRM. “Fewer than 20 percent of HR professionals report seeing an impact on employee attendance after a major televised event like the Super Bowl or Oscar Awards. In fact, many say that office pools have a positive impact on employee morale and teamwork.”
For the 33 percent of employers with workplace office pool policies in place, key components include:
Other key poll findings are below:
Reporters may read the complete SHRM poll, and other surveys, at:
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