Imagine walking into a party with a room full of unknown faces. Can you think of any better way to break the ice and bond with the people around, other than indulging yourself with any game they are playing? The Answer would be No. In general, sports and games are the greatest motivators that help in the creation of a team spirit, an overall friendly atmosphere and eventually a positive mentality in the people involved. This brings me to the concept of the growing practice among the employers in India to involve their employees in Fantasy sports in the work place, especially Fantasy Cricket.
India being a cricket worshiping nation has a gigantic number of viewers. According to the official report of ICC, cricket has over one billion fans globally, with the Indian sub-continent alone constituting more than 90% of them. Thus, with the amount of passion involved it would be more feasible and meaningful to play fantasy cricket at the workplace than any other games.
Here are some reasons as to why more and more organizations are allowing their employees to play online cricket games like those in various fantasy cricket leagues.
It increases productivity of the Employees
Dale Carnegie stated the importance being happy at your work on various occasions. Happy workers renders the best results. Employers nowadays understand the importance of the balance between work and play. Games and Leisure have a positive impact on the mind of the workers as it can relieve the stress and rule out boredom , consequently boosting positive energy to continue their work.
Induce Team spirit
It is a great way for the co-workers to bond with each other through their participation in the fantasy leagues. Even if the company does not have its own office league, employees can discuss their performance in other leagues with their colleagues. This in turn will increase the interaction among the co-workers and will strengthen the team spirit in the office.
Sharpen the employees’ decision making skills
Fantasy sport be it Fantasy cricket or football is a game of decisions. Successful fantasy sports players constantly evaluate their teams to determine strengths and weaknesses, and how they can make their team better. Decisions are made on a daily basis and similar to business. Poor decisions made in the past are in many cases regretted and not forgotten. What you learned from bad decisions can help you not make the same mistake again.
Nevertheless, despite all its benefits, fantasy games also have a considerable amount of risk of turning quickly into gambling from just being an innocent game of skill. Especially in the leagues that requires entry fee environment can soon turn one of wagering. If such happens, this can either result in a lingering lawsuit against the firm or a violent competition among the employees.
In order to curb this situation, organizations must lay down thorough rules to explain the kind of fantasy sports allowed at the work place and also proper code of conduct for the employees during the fantasy leagues.
Remember, responsible gaming is everything
Author is a sports Enthusiast, mostly devoted to associative football or soccer and cricket. My love for the games also intrigued me to want to participate in the game, which to my utter sadness is not possible. So current obsession is with Fantasy sports, especially Fantasy Soccer.