If I Was Running A Company…Fantasy Leagues

This is the last part of the series of what if HR and Sports Business do merge.

There must be a way how employees must appreciate HR.  Employees complain that HR are a bunch of administrative people, the internal police, the buzzkill of the organization (thanks Toby), the fillers, every name in the book.  However, there is one thing the department can implement HR without using HR: Fantasy Leagues.

We are in the beginning of fantasy football season where people sign up and the premise is simple: get 10-16 people to have teams and have one commissioner (department manager likely).  The participants must agree on the scoring system, rules, fees, and other miscellaneous items.  It might be simple, but the little things like ties, points, tiebreakers, deadlines, how to the draft are very crucial to make your league as fair as possible.  Then the fun part begins.

When you hold your fantasy league draft, look at how people prepare the draft.  Some bring magazines, some write notes, some wing it.  When the draft begins, look at the people that spends the 2 minutes.  Do they go immediately or take their time.  The approach could also give you a hint of what your employee does at work.  During the season, your employees will make free agent transactions, trades, and waivers.  There will be movers and shakers and look at the transactions to see if 1) it’s fair and 2) they follow the process.

Unlike the real workplace, employees must depend people they cannot control.  On paper, they might have a bad draft, but with injuries and luck, the person can win the league.

Fantasy leagues should be fun for your offices, but what department managers need to do is parlay the fantasy league experience into the workplace.  Managers can reassess their department by looking how the employees prepare the draft and during the season when something falters like an injury or a trade.  Football is common in fantasy leagues, but really doesn’t help since the games are on Sunday.  If you want to assess your department, try fantasy basketball, hockey, soccer, or baseball since they play nearly every day during the season.

If you’re not a sports fan, not a problem.  You can startup a Fantasy Congress League or a Fantasy Actors League.  I would recommend doing these leagues since activity happens everyday and see how your employees react to the changes.

In essence, here’s how fantasy leagues translate to HR in your organization:

  • Fantasy League Rules -> Policies and Procedures
  • Fees and Rewards -> Compensation
  • Draft Preparation -> Performance
  • Player Statistics -> Recruiting (Candidate List)
  • Player Trades – > Negotiations
  • Player News -> HR News and Updates
  • Draft Meetings -> Work Meetings
  • Attitude of the Commissioner -> Attitude of the Manager
  • Effort in Fantasy Leagues -> Results at work

So if you want to do an HR job, start a fantasy league.  It’s a great simulator of  how human resources works.

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