March Madness Affects Worker Productivity

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Paul Jaques and his buddies are taking their Thursday lunch hour to enjoy a little something called March Madness at Champps Bar & Restaurant. But if you think the tournament fever ends when their break is over, you're wrong. It's back to work where Jaques, as well as thousands of others across the country, will hit the web to check out the latest scores.

"As long as we get our work done. I can see it as a problem if someone doesn't get their work done."

However employee firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas says employers will lose about $1.2 billion dollars in productivity during the college basketball tournament.

"They're pretty lax about it. I think a lot of businesses are more lax these days," says Jaques.

It's estimated that only six percent of companies in the US will block sports websites during March Madness.

"We investigate and take care of instances of abuse or breaking the law. But we don't police the network in advance looking for that sort of stuff. If there's an issue of productivity, that's really a managment problem," says Rich Wiggins Senior Information Technologist at MSU.

Trevor Barnes runs Spartan Tail Gate-dot-com.
He says on average the site gets five million page hits a month.

"I would expect it to maybe come close to doubling just because you get so many people from around the country that are interested. I had a couple of people say this will be the least productive days of their entire work year because their on their watching it so often."

It's a lack of worker productivity lasting 19 days.

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