Tom Gimbel, President and CEO of LaSalle Network, a Chicago-based staffing and recruiting firm.
Fantasy football in the workplace is a positive thing and can build team camaraderie and get people on the same page.
For managers, the key is to acknowledge that it’s going and manage accordingly. It’s not different from what was going on years ago when people were worried about March Madness or the World Cup… it’s the same methodology and productivity shouldn’t be effected.
First and foremost, managers should get involved and play in the company’s fantasy football league, especially with their top producers. When you’re a part of it, you become less critical.
Number two, be upfront with them acknowledging you know that they’ll be playing, but be firm that when there’s work to do and projects to be completed, the focus will shift back to focusing on meeting the deadlines. No one’s saying throw your goals out the window…they’re saying let your people have some fun.
Fantasy football is a hobby and that’s what managers need to understand. It’s just something that more people in the workplace have in common so they talk about it more. The worst thing managers can do is completely ban it, because even then it will still happen…so embrace it and have some fun.