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Is March Madness So Bad? Comparing Productivity Killers

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Is March Madness So Bad? Comparing Productivity Killers

March Madness: The brackets are circulating, and U.S. workers everywhere will soon tune in the NCAA basketball tournament—many games are played during work hours—and tune out their usual responsibilities.

The NCAA tourney, which begins March 19, is infamous for the productivity loss it supposedly engenders, but it's hardly the costliest workplace distraction. Here's a roundup of productivity-killing phenomena and their estimated costs—sources and methodologies vary—to the U.S. GDP.

By Matt Twomey
Posted 13 March 2013

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