My Turn, Your Turn: March Madness

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Every year around this time, a study comes out showing how much money companies lose from their employees watching college basketball games at work.

This year, with the games also online, it is estimated that American businesses will lose a record one point $7 billion in lost work-hours.

I know you are expecting me to tell you to make sure you don't risk your job by getting involved in all this March Madness.

But that's not it.  Instead I want to make an appeal to bosses and supervisors.  Statistics like lost work-hours can be misleading.

I contend that when employees come together to watch a "buzzer-beater" or compete with each other in an office pool - it does something positive - something far more valuable than one point $7 billion.

It brings people together.  And that is important in any year - and especially this year.  With so many of us having so much on minds and on our plates - we can use the distraction.

So get the work done, and all this extra important stuff too - like who's going to be in your "sweet-sixteen."

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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