March Madness spurs sick days, low productivity

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Have you filled out your bracket yet? It’s that time of year when TV’s are tuned to college ball and the talk is all about brackets. You may also start noticing more people disappearing from the office.

When the brackets go up, productivity goes down. Almost three in 10 Americans plan to watch March Madness games at work; 39 percent watch from their work computers. That’s according to Retail Me Not.

When you break that down even more, a Yahoo Sports poll found 56 percent of American workers spend an hour of their work day following the games.

If you figure about 50 million Americans participate in March Madness, according to a Microsoft survey from several years back, that means businesses across the U.S. will lose over $! billion for every hour employees spend watching the basketball games during the first week of the tournament.

Yet, an hour at work isn’t enough for some. According to that Yahoo Sports Poll, 14 percent of fans actually take a sick day to watch part of the tournament. What’s more, doctors report up to a 50 percent rise in the number of vasectomies during March Madness. It’s one excuse a boss could hear. Fox Sports broke down the top March Madness work excuses to get you out of the office.

5. You have to leave for a client meeting, might as well arrange it at a sports bar or a place with TV’s.

4. This one is for lady fans of March Madness – you can’t always predict that time of the month.

3. You threw out your back doing some house work, even if that house work entailed hanging up a new big screen for the games.

2. You’re having tummy issues and can’t leave the house.

1. It helps if you have kids for this one. You have to stay at home with sick kids.

Thankfully, these games only last until April. Then, it’s back to work.

“These games really are all encompassing. Thankfully they really are only 21 days long, so things should hopefully return back to normal after the final game,” said Retail Me Not Senior Editor Trae Bodge.

You have until 10 a.m., Thursday to get those brackets done.

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