NCAA tourney at work


Where will you watch the I-U game today?

For many people, it will be at work.

That's according to two recent surveys.

In an annual study conducted by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas nearly one third of workers spent at least three hours of the work day following the NCAA tournament.

That amounts to about $134-million in lost wages in just the first two days, according to the survey findings.

In addition, MSN and Impulse Research found 66% of workers will follow the men's basketball tourney during work hours.

According to that survey:

20% would spend one to two hours of their work day

14% would spend three to four hours

16% would spend 5 hour or more of work time watching the games.

Another 7% of respondents said they'd take time off from work to watch the tournament.

"I've noticed a lot of people working from home," says Regus General Manager Brian Schneider.

"I don't blame them," Schneider adds, "I would if I could."

Regus which provides business space, had decided not to fight it by offering up "viewing parties" at work.

Four locations in Indianapolis have television sets with the games on so employees and clients can wander in to watch their team.

Schneider believes it may actually help productivity.

"Just because the game is one doesn't mean people don't get stuff done. I've been rushing all morning to get stuff done to get to my if anything, it gives me more motivation to bust my butt."

Studies show in the big scheme of things, the attention to the NCAA tournament does not impact the overall economy.

It may, however, annoy the boss. Unless he or she is watching too.

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