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As U.S. Workplaces Celebrate March Madness, RiseSmart Brings the Fun and Excitement of the NCAA Offi

10:23 am - 03/14/2012
As millions of U.S. workers begin filling out NCAA tournament brackets to celebrate March Madness, RiseSmart, the leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions, today launched the RiseSmart Challenge, a March Madness "office pool" for all transitioning workers utilizing its flagship outplacement solution, Transition Concierge. The program serves as a fun way to help unemployed workers take a break from the job search to participate in one of the traditional rites of American office life.

"March Madness marks an exciting time in which offices are abuzz with colleagues engaged in heated water-cooler debates over who will make the Final Four and be crowned champion," said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. "We wanted to offer those in the Transition Concierge program the chance to experience this same sense of fun even while they are between jobs. So we created the RiseSmart Challenge."

The RiseSmart Challenge is open to thousands of transitioning workers currently in the Transition Concierge system. Participants can access the RiseSmart Challenge tournament bracket online; top prognosticators will receive special recognition and prizes.

"In our five years of helping put Americans back to work, we've found that the unemployed find work faster when they treat their job search with a sense of adventure and fun. We try to create an atmosphere that encourages this positive approach," Sathe said. "The RiseSmart Challenge is a fun way to lift the spirits of workers in transition and energize them for the real challenge ahead - reentering the workforce."

A 2011 Harris Interactive survey showed that 20 percent of U.S. workers - or about 30 million Americans -- participate in a March Madness office pool. RiseSmart encourages companies to embrace this annual tradition by enacting a program that builds interpersonal relationships across the organization and instills a sense of belonging and fun. Banning pools in an attempt to prevent lost productivity during the tournament is generally ineffective and can result in reduced morale.

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kahluaandcream HOYA SAXA!14th-Mar-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Honestly I never really got March Madness until recently, it helps to have a team to root for instead of just rooting against Duke at all times. But it's a nice way to support the unemployed. I'm confused about the buy-in though - do the unemployed have to pay to play, and if so why is this better than just setting up a free bracket on CBS Sports or Yahoo? Is it for fostering a community of the unemployed and what is the support system in place (can I smack talk on a forum or do groups get together to discuss, for example)?

Semi-OT prayer circle for Jack the Bulldog, who tore his doggie ACL and won't be traveling with the Georgetown men this year.

Happy Puppy! Hoya Saxa!
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