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Is March Madness a Business Buster?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) – You may notice over the next few weeks your co-workers not working quite as hard.

March Madness is here and many are catching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in the office.

One study shows it will cost US companies an estimated 134- million dollars in lost wages.

One employee in an Admissions office keeps his iPad close by and his phone on his desk as he watches the game on live stream. He admits it is a bit of a distraction.

“Yes it is distracting, but not so much where I can’t get my work done. But it is a bit distracting when you hear the announcer and you have to check all these things to make sure my team is winning,” says Brian Michaud.

An estimated 3 million American workers will spend 1 to 3 hours a day at work watching the 2013 tournament.

Conveniently enough, on the official NCAA site, there is a “Boss Button” on the top right hand corner of the screen. So if you’re relaxing and watching the game at work and you see your boss come by, you click it the button and an e-mail screen pops up. It looks like you’re hard at work!

For some businesses, incorporating March Madness into the job is welcomed. Many co-workers fill out brackets as part of an office pool for some friendly competition

Even though the sport may affect productivity, boosting office morale may be a good investment.

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