It's Madness! March Madness to Cost Employers $13.3B in Lost Productivity

Challenger March Madness Report
TOURNAMENT COULD COST EMPLOYERS $13.3 BILLION

It’s that time of year again! College hoops fans across the country are not only filling out their brackets, but also planning where they will watch the first round of games during work hours without the boss catching them. However, wise employers will use this opportunity to build morale with their teams, despite the hit they will take on lost productivity, according to one workplace authority.

With 97 million viewers of March Madness games globally in 2018, according to CBS, the tournament represents a shared event that fosters excitement among staff.

“Streaming games during work hours, heading to a local restaurant to watch the games, filling out brackets, or just discussing the games with co-workers will mean hours of distractions during the three-week tournament,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

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