NCAA: Now Creating Alternative Arrangements
March is rapidly becoming one of my favorite months. NFL Free Agency opened with a splash, the weather is warming up, baseball is almost here, and March Madness is catching fire. The opening round of the NCAA Tournament started yesterday and featured two historic comebacks. Two more are featured tonight with the real games starting on Thursday. For most of us, the games will be tipping off in the middle of the workday. So, to help you maximize your time, here’s a list of 9 things to help you partake in the experience at your employer’s expense.
9. Find the nearest bar or place with a TV to hang out at lunch. Use MapQuest to find the most efficient route.
8. Befriend a co-worker with an office. You can close the door and mask watching the game as a meeting.
7. Print out your game winners in list format. Less obvious than having a bracket visible on your desk.
6. Take a sick day, or take two half days. Nothing like leaving at noon on a Friday.
5. IMPORTANT: be sure to mute ALL devices that will be giving you updates (phones, tablets, computers)
4. Schedule a conference call in lieu of face-to-face meetings. At least you can stay at your desk and “multi-task”.
3. When you return from lunch, be sure that someone hears you say “my lunch isn’t agreeing with me”. That should buy you a 15-minute window (30 if you’re daring) every hour to leave your desk.
2. Keep your love of the NCAA tournament to a minimum. You’ll appear more inconspicuous if no one thinks you’re interested.
Last but not least, the number one thing to help you partake in the madness is…
1. If watching on your computer, typically websites that broadcast the games (CBS Sportsline & NCAA.com) provide a “BOSS” button. If not available, press “Alt” & “Tab” to change the screen. It’s always good to keep a random work related file open.