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March Madness: Can a morale boost offset the productivity hit?

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As if computer solitaire games weren't already enough of a pull for daydreaming office workers, March Madness is about to make working hard even harder.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to a Kansas State University business professor who says the NCAA men’s collegiate basketball championship tournament can boost the spirits of fans in cubicles as well as in the stands.

“Selection Sunday” on March 15 kicks off March Madness, and unfortunately for most businesses, a lot of the games take place during the workday. The annual hoops hysteria also kicks off workplace betting, which some say saps productivity as employees spend countless hours filling out tournament brackets, monitoring scores on the web and talking trash across cubicles.

The HR consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas estimates lost productivity during the 19-day tournament, which begins next week, will top $1 billion.

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