Bracket Racket: March Madness Comes at Heavy Price in the Office

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DALLAS, TX -- You can feel the madness in the air, right?

It`s official: the nation`s biggest college basketball tourney tips-off this week. So, now you can obsess over every single scenario in your coveted bracket.

There`s only one thing getting in-between you and college basketball glory -- work. You know, that thing you do to pay the bills.

According to some number crunching by the firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, from the time the teams are announced, until the title game tip-off, the cost of unproductivity costs businesses big bucks.

We're talking $1.9 billion bucks, folks. Is this basketball or moneyball?

They say between all the time spent on brackets, checking scores and streaming games, folks become distracted at work. Maybe that's why someone came up with the infamous boss button which lets you hide what you're doing on company time, if management shows up over your shoulder.

So, should employers just ban March Madness in the workplace? Surprisingly, the productivity research firm says no. That, they say, would cause long-term damage to employee morale.

But hey, your morale may be damaged anyway after your masterpiece of a bracket is destroyed on day two. Until then, kiss your productivity good-bye and let the madness begin!

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