Super Bowl not only office pool

Feb. 4, 2005 at 12:38 PM

CHICAGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. office workers apparently will bet on anything -- including who's going to be fired first, a survey by CareerBuilder.com finds.

CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2,500 office workers late last year and found 22 percent plan to bet on the Super Bowl, with some anticipating payouts of more than $500.

Men are more likely to place a Super Bowl bet than women (45 percent vs. 31 percent).

"While placing a friendly wager at the office may seem harmless, workers should be mindful of company policies to avoid possible reprimands," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources. "Seventeen percent of workers report that Super Bowl office pools are prohibited at their companies while 36 percent are unsure."

But the Super Bowl isn't the only bet of interest. CareerBuilding found office workers also bet on:

-- Who will be fired first

-- How many cigarettes the boss will smoke in a meeting

-- Who can knock over a cup of coffee with a golf putt from 45 feet away

-- How often a co-worker will show up late

-- How many times a co-worker will cry in a given period of time

-- Which senior executives will still be with the company at year-end

-- Who will be awarded a promotion

-- A patient's blood alcohol level

-- Cockroach races

-- Who will become pregnant first

-- Who will lose the most weight.

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