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Looking the other way on March Madness

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Does your company allow March Madness pools among employees?

  • No, but the policy isn’t enforced, 40%
  • Yes, we encourage it, 39%
  • Yes, but not for money, 11%
  • No, and we’re strict about enforcing the policy, 10%

I always find it fun to ask if something is not allowed “but isn’t enforced.” Turning a blind eye to an action you know is going on but isn’t allowed doesn’t suddenly give your company immunity or anything. I’m not suggesting you codify it or write it in your handbook or anything, but if your company is going to allow something to take place among employees, perhaps it is time to stop pretending that it isn’t allowed?

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.

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