HR Strange But True!
March 24, 2011

Office betting pools are common in the workplace, according to a recent BLR poll. Nearly 50 percent have no policy prohibiting them, and another 30 percent have a policy, but look the other way. So what are workers betting on? This week’s column features HRSBT readers’ answers to that question.

Wagering on New Employees
One reader was with a large construction company that seemed to have a high turnover on entry level field engineers. On one of the construction projects, someone started a squares pool with the names of ten of the newer engineers and the next ten weekending dates.

The squares were going for $2.50 each and there were several winners.

The project manager not only knew about the gambling, he also purchased several squares, but did not win!

This was not the only instance of management partaking in office pools. Another reader told us that the HR and payroll department at their company makes non-monetary bets on all new employees.

They also bet on if how many times a week we hear Queen's song "Another One Bites the Dust" will be the number of employees that are terminated that week!

Thank you HRSBT readers, we appreciate your submissions.

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