Money Isn't Everything, Even in Office Betting Pools
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Office Camaraderie Main Reason Workers Participate in Office Pools, According to Latest Spherion Survey FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With March Madness fever sweeping across workplaces in just a few weeks, companies are left wondering if this frenzy will spread across their cubicle culture and translate into lost dollars. Though money may be the concern of company owners, is it also workers' main motivation for participating in office pools? Not according to the latest Spherion(R) Workplace Snapshot survey conducted by Harris Interactive(R). Of the 44 percent of U.S. workers who have participated in an office pool, 45 percent named office camaraderie as the primary reason for doing so. Another 36 percent named "to win money" as the primary reason for participating, 15 percent said for the "love of sports," and two percent stated "pressure from coworkers." The survey also found that three-fourths of U.S. workers who participate in office pools (75 percent) say the most they have spent is less than $20. Seventeen percent have spent $20 to $49 dollars, four percent have spent between $50 and $99, and four percent have spent $100 or more. While the number of workers who have participated in an office pool declined from 49 percent last year to 44 percent in 2008, more employees claim to have watched or followed sports events on the computer during work hours this year. More than one quarter (26 percent) of workers in 2008 say they have done so, compared to 23 percent in 2007. When it comes to gender, men are generally more likely to participate in office pools, and have different motivations than their female counterparts. Fifty-one percent of men have participated in an office pool, compared to only 36 percent of females. Furthermore, men are more likely to say they participate "to win money" than females (38 percent vs. 33 percent), whereas female workers are more likely to name "office camaraderie" as their primary reason (53 percent vs. 39 percent). Male employees also spend more money on office pools than females, with 23 percent saying the most they have spent is between $20 and $49 compared to only eight percent of female workers. Gender differences extend beyond office pools as well. Men are twice as likely as women (11 percent vs. five percent) to have called in sick to watch or attend a sports event, or as a result of watching or attending a sports event, and more likely to have watched or followed sports events on the computer while at work (33 percent vs. 19 percent). "This year's survey results are good news for many employers," said John Heins, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Spherion. "It appears that while some companies fear a negative impact of office pools on worker productivity, they may actually benefit from a positive effect on office camaraderie and employee morale. That being said, employers that fear time wasted should clearly communicate their Internet usage policy throughout the year." Link to full Report & Methodology: http://spherion.mediaroom.com/pressroom/index.php?s=43&item=535 About Spherion Spherion Corporation is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for more than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to- hire and full-time jobs. With approximately 700 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing more than 300,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America's largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands: Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and light industrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions; The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions; Todays Staffing for specialty administrative personnel; and Spherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visit http://www.spherion.com/. SOURCE Spherion Corporation Lesly Baer, +1-800-422-3819, email@example.com or Laurenn Wolpoff, +1-212-239-8951, firstname.lastname@example.org, both of Spherion Corporation
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