Watch March Madness At Work? New Data Says You’re Not Alone

by | Apr 7, 2019

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Watch March Madness At Work? New Data Says You’re Not AloneMarch Madness is wrapping up another year; so how much time did you spend checking your bracket?

At the end of last year’s tournament quickbooks surveyed two hundred employees, and found nearly half said they spent at least thirty minutes working on their brackets at work. A third said they watched from their desks, and one in five took a few extra bathroom breaks to check on a game.

This year they surveyed people before the tournament to find out their plans. Almost half said they would have a game or two on in the background while eight percent save all their March Madness activities exclusively for work.

And it turns out tuning in can have a good effect on company morale, depending on your boss. If your boss gets involved in the fun by building their own bracket, throwing a party or even just letting you watch the games, your work life gets a little better. In fact sixty two percent of employees say this makes them happier at work and willing to work harder.

Maybe it doesn’t hurt to join the fun.

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