Professor: Prohibiting employees from looking at their March Madness brackets is bad for morale

Professor David Cadden

Professor David Cadden

David Cadden, a professor of entrepreneurship and strategy in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, is available to discuss what employers should do on Monday, March 17, when their employees will no doubt spend time at work filling out their March Madness brackets.

“Given the ubiquitous Internet connections at workplaces, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that employees will be looking at their March Madness brackets on their work computers,” Cadden said. “This has become part of the nation’s pastime. Small employers would be best served by discussing guidelines for Internet use beyond workplace activities. Mandating that no one should be looking at this is bad for morale. However, it’s inappropriate for someone to spend all of their time at work saying who’s winning what game. That’s why guidelines could come into play. Smart management recognizes that happy employees may not be more productive, but unhappy employees, who begrudge foolish restrictions, quickly become quite unproductive employees even if they’re not looking at a basketball game.”

To speak to Cadden, call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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