Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Is March Madness work madness?

Lee Igel, writing on, says tens of millions of people come to work and then spend some time on their brackets.

Many companies accept this and know their bandwidth will be turned over to this pursuit.

This amounts to $1.9 billion in lost wages, according to one estimate.

But it seems so endemic and intense, it is hard or even impossible to prevent.

This is a short-term tradeoff for a long-term gain in morale. People who are happier at work tend to stay and work harder.

Still, some employers begrudge time spent watching games. Igel says this is a throwback to manufacturing days--when a line would have been stopped.

Knowledge workers can allot their time and are given more leeway.

Quashing March Madness may lead to grumpy Aprils...and who wants that?

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