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March Madness, less productivity?

The NCAA Basketball tournment is here and that means many employees across the country are prepping their brackets with their favorite picks. But does the fun come at a cost?

Posted: Mar. 13, 2018 11:48 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. (WLFI)—The NCAA Basketball tournment is here and that means many employees across the country are prepping their brackets with their favorite picks. But does the fun come at a cost?

 When you think of March you think of Madness. But that madness goes beyond basketball.

 
"A pretty big distraction for the entirety of March," said Connor Sigmond. 

 A pretty Big distraction that effects Purdue University faculty including management professor Ellen Kossek.

"Just doing things like supporting March Madness might interfere with someone else at the office that might not be a basketball fan," said Kossek.

According to a 2017 report by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas Inc. nearly 24 million Americans will fill out brackets this year.

And as a result, 2.1 billion dollars lost in productivity.

"You got a lot of sports fans out there that are just recently graduated from college or they're very loyal to their alma mater," said Sigmond. "They're definitely going to watching that like a hawk and productivity is definitely going to go down. "

But Kossek said there are positives to the madness.

"So you can either ignore it or you have to manage it. I think you have to be creative about this," said Kossek.

While Kossek is taking creative measures, other take old fashioned route. 

"We just keep plugging away talking to students helping them out with whatever they need," said Beth Moore. 

Regardless of the impact March Madness has on employers they are making the most of it.

Kossek said if companies want to take the next step they can take positive themes from the tournament and apply them to their daily work lives.

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