As I’ve mentioned in many previous posts, I am a huge sports fan. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that I was fairly excited about the start of the NCAA basketball tournament.
I wrote a story for Friday’s paper about how March Madness affects workplace productivity. Every year all these studies are published saying companies lose millions because workers aren’t doing their jobs.
But what I found was totally different. Turns out people do take their jobs seriously and instead of dedicating the whole day to watching the game, many people will head to a sports bar during their lunch hour or take a half day or use their multitasking skills to check scores and do their work.
That’s what I did. I’m a master of the split screen.
On one side I’m writing my story, on the other side I’m checking my scores. I’ve had a ridiculously productive day today.
My favorite part of writing this story had to be talking to the people at Damon’s Bar and Grill this afternoon. The place was pretty crowded and everyone was looking forward to their games.
I met two guys who take vacation every year for the start of the tournament because they are huge college basketball fans.
I also talked to a few people who took half days since the games don’t start until after noon. (Including one rather nervous fellow who didn’t want to go on the record to admit he was taking a half day to watch hoops.)
But the majority of people I talked to were there on their lunch hour. They were bummed they couldn’t have the day off, but they were making the best of it. And that totally supports what I found out when I was researching for the story. People love the Madness, but I don’t think we all become petulant children who stop doing all of our work to watch the games.
And as promised my final four picks: Tennessee, Wisconsin, Stanford, UCLA
Championship pick: Tennessee over UCLA
(Laugh all you want. If it happens, I will totally win my pools.)