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“March Madness” won’t effect my productivity!

March 19, 2015

UAFirst of all, I know it’s “affect.” I just wanted to see if you were paying attention…

The annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament known as “March Madness” begins today, and I don’t care, except to write this post so you’ll ignore the silly warnings about loss of productivity in the workplace. I used to really be into it, especially while playing in high-school and watching Billy Walton deliver the most productive college game ever, but the last time I watched with any real interest was in 1984 when Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas upset Hakeem Olajuwon’s Houston Cougars 84-75, but you probably don’t care about that.

Anyway, funwreckers Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimate this year’s “loss” could reach $1.9 billion. I acknowledge a slight drain on productivity, and also morale when 67 of these teams lose, but so what? It’s fun, and in some workplaces there’s not much of that, so the uplift of spirits from the fun and competition will probably raise employee engagement and productivity in those organizations.  Here are 4 more good reasons to chill out on the lost productivity nonsense.

I’m not filling out a bracket, and I don’t care about yours or anyone else’s. It’s not as if I’m not competitive. I want Arizona to win and Kentucky to lose, but that’s the extent of my interest. I was invited to join a pool by a co-worker, but stopped reading when I got to this:

Our group password is: ravens

Maybe your group password is “ravens,” but it will never be mine.

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