Beyond Brackets: Top 10 Most Bizarre Office Pools
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

ncaa bracketWith the NCAA tournament underway, many professionals are turning their eyes—and their wagers—to the popular sporting event via office pools.

According to a recent survey, one in five professionals have participated in NCAA-related pools, with the majority of those professionals being male millennials in the financial service industries.

However, for some offices, the NCAA tournament isn’t the only opportunity to make friendly wagers.

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According to Careerbuilder findings, some of the more unusual office pools workers say they’ve participated in include:

Bet on who could raise the best-looking Chia Pet

Bet on when a coworker would be fired

Bet on how long the boss’s marriage would last

Bet on how many times the boss would call a female direct report “girl” in one day

Bet on when a coworker would change his shirt, which he wore for 11 consecutive days

Bet on how much time someone would get when convicted of a crime

Bet on how many electoral votes the presidential candidates would receive

Bet on how many times the plant manager coughed during a meeting (indicating a lie)

Bet on the birth date of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby

Bet on how many pages were in a patient’s medical record chart

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.