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Survey finds 'bracketology' hurts work productivity

Oregon forward E.J. Singler, right, drives to the

Oregon forward E.J. Singler, right, drives to the basket as he is defended by Washington forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Pac-10 conference tournament. (March 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

March Madness is ready to take over the sports scene for the next few weeks. No matter where you go there is something to remind you of the most exciting time in sports. That excitement has followed many Americans to the work place, according to a survey conducted by OfficeMax.

Fifty-five percent of employees surveyed said they talk about the games rather than do work. But any rational boss has to realize that filling out your bracket takes time, right? Die-hard fans need to fish through copious stats and the zillion websites out there offering information. Bracketology is a science, an art form -- hence the “ology.” Anything that ends in “ology” is a science. At least that’s what I’ve been told.

Twenty-eight percent said the company they work for discourages March Madness all together. A lonely 23 percent said their boss allows March Madness to run wild.

About 8.4 million hours of productivity are lost, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. For workers, it’s all worth it if they office win the pool and bragging rights over their co-workers.

This survey was conducted in February 2011 of 629 American employees 18 and older.

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