Major football games, basketball tourneys and awards season, oh my! Reasons to celebrate outside of work are numerous and help liven up daily grind, but they may also lead to loss of productivity. Unplanned absences like the millions of people who planned to call in sick or show up late after the Super Bowl have a negative effect on their team's ability to accomplish work, costing employers time and money.
But each of these celebrations is an opportunity to build culture and trust within the workplace—if managers take important steps in motivating employees to make responsible decisions. Awards season may have just ended, but March Madness upon us, so how can employers encourage everyone's love and celebration of their team while meeting their responsibilities to their colleagues and company?