Expert: Hoops could be maddening to employers

Productivity in the office may suffer a potential slowdown when workers turn to the Internet to check the scores of their March Madness picks starting Thursday. Full Story
wIN wiN

Mentor, OH

#1 Mar 19, 2008
Did I miss something? How is it a win win for the company?
Dave

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 19, 2008
HAHAHAHA, people really admitted that they gambled on company time in a survey on a job search site?
I think the author means

Bridgeport, WV

#3 Mar 19, 2008
That if you spend 5 minutes seeing how IU is going to choke in the first round, you can't leave the office until 5:05 p.m. Ha! Go Boilers!
toxicprof

Cortland, NY

#4 Mar 19, 2008
Despite what we constantly hear about lazy whiny American workers, we work more days and longer hours with fewer benefits than the people in any other developed economy on the planet. Boss man needs to lighten up.
BSU Alum

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Mar 19, 2008
This is stupid, companies like "Websense" publish this nonsense to entice some old white haired CEO into buying their product because it will "increase productivity." I work in IT, it's a marketing ploy.

People were into this before the Internet, they'll be into forever. Companies should learn to just lighten up, people aren't going to change.
blah

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Mar 19, 2008
I love dual screen monitors... one for work one for basketball scores
Ryan

Downers Grove, IL

#7 Mar 19, 2008
Employers have the option of filtering out sport sites if they aren't related to business so that their employees can't visit them from work. Problem solved.

Since: Jun 07

Kingman, IN

#8 Mar 19, 2008
>>>Sonda Sorg, branch manager of Robert Half International in downtown Indianapolis. "However, the quality of your work and productivity can't suffer because of that ... At the end of the day, if the same amount of work is not getting done you've got to make up for it somewhere."

What a HYPOCRITE! her bosses out of Chicago, Steve Kass and Chris Brinkman, run an office pool for every office they manage.
Speedway

Pryor, OK

#9 Mar 19, 2008
Let's all place bets on the year in which the media STOPS reminding of us lost productivity during the tournament. WE GET IT ALREADY, AND IF WE CARED, WE WOULDN'T KEEP PAYING SO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE TOURNAMENT!
BIll

Colfax, IN

#10 Mar 19, 2008
I think it's just awful that people spend so much time over their basketball brackets.

Well I have to run, I've several more emails to friends to write and forward!
Jon-Boiler Alum

Salt Lake City, UT

#11 Mar 19, 2008
blah wrote:
I love dual screen monitors... one for work one for basketball scores
scores? stream the video to one of those screens, that's what I'll be doing!
Incredible

Fishers, IN

#12 Mar 19, 2008
It's the same news story every year. What a joke.
Dee

Fishers, IN

#13 Mar 19, 2008
I've spent more time reading talk-back comments than I will EVER spend on my ncaa brackets.
Francis Sowyer

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Mar 19, 2008
its better than cigarette breaks..........
the truth

Greenwood, IN

#15 Mar 19, 2008
i thought there were 64 teams in the ncaa tournament. did it change to 65? how does that change the old 64 sytem?
Unbelievable2

Auburn, IN

#16 Mar 19, 2008
To me, if you allow this kind of fun activity at work, usually workers will make up for the lost productivity somehow. I have seen at my company productivity actually drop when things like this were forbidden during working hours. If you start taking away workers' fun, then they don't want to work as hard. If you allow them to have a little fun now and then, they will work harder in appreciation. My company was a prime example.
Cougar

United States

#17 Mar 19, 2008
the truth wrote:
i thought there were 64 teams in the ncaa tournament. did it change to 65? how does that change the old 64 sytem?
Yeah there are 65 teams because there is a play in game on tuesday to see who gets to play N carolina.

What a joke this game is. if they want to have a play in game why not have four play in games to see who gets the four 12 seeds. This would take care of the Arizona st, Va tech, etc.

Each year there is one or two teams everyone feels like deserves to be in like last years Syracuse. Do not make this tournament 128 team like some people like to suggest.

“Reality is better than truth”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#18 Mar 19, 2008
Or maybe workers should learn the difference between company time and leisure time. I'd certainly fire anyone watching basketball or gambling on company time.
BSU Alum wrote:
This is stupid, companies like "Websense" publish this nonsense to entice some old white haired CEO into buying their product because it will "increase productivity." I work in IT, it's a marketing ploy.
People were into this before the Internet, they'll be into forever. Companies should learn to just lighten up, people aren't going to change.

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