03/28/2013 12:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Visualizing the Effects of March Madness on Worker Productivity

Another year, another group of workers trying to get their March Madness game fix during the inevitable 9 - 5 work day. But how serious is the issue of affected worker productivity during the March Madness season?

The folks at PGI have approached the issue through an interesting visual study, noting some key figures including that the tournament has some serious viewership. Last year's March Madness viewership totaled roughly 57.7 million, over 4 times as many viewers as those who watched the World Series. Also, 86 percent of people who plan to watch the games said they will devote some of their work day to activities like checking stats and scores online...a number that is up 81 percent from last year.

Here's a broad look at some of the potential issues IT professionals will face, as well as some solutions for both employers and employees to make it through March Madness with as little efficiency issues as possible:


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