Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Is March Madness work madness?
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?