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Keep Employees Enagaged During March Madness

March 19, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

This week marks the start of another magical run towards history — it’s not the Walt Disney World© Marathon, but it is sport related.

Tonight the road to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will kickoff as the North Carolina A&T Aggies face the No. 16 ranked Liberty Flames. The game will be played during the evening, but as the tournament progresses, games will be played throughout the day. Naturally, organizations might begin to worry about the productivity of their basketball-enthralled employees.

So how can your organization keep employees engaged during “the madness?” In a recent article by Dr. Bob Nelson of Recognition PRO, Dr. Nelson suggests leaders begin by asking their employees what the tournament means to them.

For the fans:

• Host an after-hours game watching party with plenty of options for the non-sports fans
• Allow lunch-hour game watching
• Encourage college colors and/or jerseys (even for ones not in the tournament!)

Lead by example:

• If your organizations policy is no non-business cell phone or internet usage, then don’t get caught in the "Do as I Say, Not as I Do" trap. That goes for your managers as well.

Be Mindful of Others:

Employee engagement is not one size fits all, so plan for alternative recognitions. Not everyone is motivated by sports.

Creativity doesn’t just manifest itself in ways to engage employees. Take a look at this radial design (pictured below) of the 2013 tournament bracket developed by Hyperakt which shows a unique design perspective. Since creativity has many diverse interpretations, and individuals are creative in their own unique ways, consider using March Madness as a time for employees to collaborate in new locations, with new people. Don’t be afraid to try something new, engaged leadership leads to engaged employees. Your organization’s next big idea may be a slam-dunk away.

You can read the full Fast Company article on the radial bracket designs here.

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