“Allow everyone, from the mail clerks to the CEO, to have the chance to get in on the action.”


Social gambling in the workplace can be a fun opportunity to bond with coworkers while enjoying your favorite sports–as long as the laws in your state and the rules of your company allow it. “When talking about your draft picks or yesterday’s game, avoid loud talking, shouting across the office cube walls, or congregating outside the workspace of those not engaged in the conversation.”

“When creating office pools, be sure to be inclusive,” said Jodi R.R. Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. Also, be sure to pay taxes on your winnings.

Pony up the money.

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Part One: How to make gambling in the workplace a safe bet

Part Two: How to make gambling in the workplace a safe bet (continued)

“It is easy to get carried away talking about the game, scores and bets, however, remember it is an office environment,” said Laura A. Don’t put someone in the uncomfortable position of asking you repeatedly to cough up the cash you owe. If you’re in charge of the office pool, make sure that you have clear written rules that are given to all participants. This will decrease the likelihood of any miscommunication later on. If someone in the office does not want to participate in the pool, don’t try to pressure them into it. Respect their wishes and don’t try to guilt or bully them. The following tips can ensure that betting on the Super Bowl or March Madness in the office is an enjoyable, drama-free activity.

Don’t badger coworkers. Even though you’re having a good time, don’t leave your professionalism at the door when placing bets in the workplace.

Don’t leave anyone out.

Remember workplace etiquette. Whether you are experiencing the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, be a good sport. Be sure to pay any entrance fees or losses as soon as possible. An office pool should be fun for everyone in the workplace–not just a select few. Barclay, President and Founder of the Etiquette Centre of Minneapolis, LLC.

Don’t be a sore loser…or winner

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