Your Money Matters: Fantasy football in the workplace

Sirmara Campbell-Twohill

LaSalle Network
200 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2500
(312) 419-1700

Additional offices in Oak Brook, Arlington Heights and San Francisco.


Get management involved.
Managers and leaders should take part in fantasy football in order to get staff comfortable and make them feel like it is okay to participate. Host a company-wide draft party and invite family and spouses of employees if they want to participate.

Acknowledge that it’s going on.
The worst thing you could do is to try to ban fantasy football at your office or ignore the fact that your employees are participating in it. Instead, management should get involved along with their employees.

It boosts employee morale.
At a time when many may feel the dread of summer being over, fantasy football can be a great way to energize the office and encourage some healthy competition among colleagues.

It helps employees build relationships.
Beating a coworker in a game or strategizing with their manager on selecting players for their team is a great way to build camaraderie and help develop relationships within a company.

Encourages employees to focus on hitting their goals.
When the expectation is set that employees are still responsible for hitting their goals, the focus becomes more on that instead of focusing on the time that an employee works or the hours they are in the office.