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It is NOW official, March Madness is here! And, for the next few weeks, brackets and basketball talk will lead water cooler conversations around America. And, while the event has the opportunity to "bring employees together in friendly banter and competition, it can also disrupt workplaces in several ways including lost productivity, over-use of company data resources and technology, discrimination, bullying and retaliation." This is according to an article, available via Maximize Social Business.
"The ubiquitous use of social media only makes these potential pitfalls even more likely.”
What to do?
The article recommends that employers take the time to plan ahead, putting policies and plans in place that deal with social media use, March Madness, and workplace issues.
Obviously, March Madness, and other such events, will not disappear, so the best course of action of is be prepared and plan accordingly.