Tips for gambling in the workplace

Even though youre having a good time, dont leave your professionalism at the door when placing bets in the workplace. Dont rub it in when you win or pout when you lose. Barclay, President and Founder of the Etiquette Centre of Minneapolis, LLC.

Dont be a sore loseror winner. This will decrease the likelihood of any miscommunication later on. Dont put someone in the uncomfortable position of asking you repeatedly to cough up the cash you owe. Smith of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting. . The following tips can ensure that betting on the Super Bowl or March Madness in the office is an enjoyable, drama-free activity.

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Make clear rules.

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Social gambling in the workplace can be a fun opportunity to bond with coworkers while enjoying your favorite sportsas long as the laws in your state and the rules of your company allow it.

Dont badger coworkers. Allow everyone, from the mail clerks to the CEO, to have the chance to get in on the action. 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.

It is easy to get carried away talking about the game, scores and bets, however, remember it is an office environment, said Laura A. Dont leave anyone out. An office pool should be fun for everyone in the workplacenot just a select few. Also, be sure to pay taxes on your winnings. Be sure to pay any entrance fees or losses as soon as possible. If youre in charge of the office pool, make sure that you have clear written rules that are given to all participants.

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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)

When creating office pools, be sure to be inclusive, said Jodi R.R. If someone in the office does not want to participate in the pool, dont try to pressure them into it.

Pony up the money. Whether you are experiencing the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat, be a good sport. Respect their wishes and dont try to guilt or bully them.

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