As college basketball players take the court during the NCAA tournament, workers everywhere will be taking to their computer screens to check the scores of their March Madness picks.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, nearly a quarter of workers say they have participated in March Madness pools at the office in the past, and 13 percent are planning to get in on the action this year.
Taking part in office pools may impede productivity for some workers. Thirteen percent of workers surveyed say they spend 31 minutes to an hour checking March Madness scores and information while at work, 29 percent spend 15 to 30 minutes and 43 percent spend less than 15 minutes. Shockingly, 6 percent of workers spend more than five hours checking up on the tournament — how they get their work done is anybody’s guess.
Men go mad for March Madness
Men are more likely to bet on the basketball tournament in the office than women, with 28 percent of male workers saying they have participated in March Madness pools in the office, compared to 14 percent of females. Thirteen percent of males confess to watching the games during the workday, while only 4 percent of their female counterparts do the same.
The Midwest leads in plays
More workers in the Midwest have played the March Madness brackets than any other region. Twenty-seven percent of workers in the Midwest say they participated in a March Madness pool at work, compared to 21 percent in the Northeast, 19 percent in the West and 18 percent in the South.
Industries that place their bets
Workers across all industries like to get involved with the tournament, but it’s the financial services workers who hedge the most bets — one third (33 percent) say they have entered March Madness pools at the office. Other responses include:
- Information technology — 32 percent
- Professional and business services — 32 percent
- Sales – 31 percent
- Manufacturing — 22 percent
- Leisure and hospitality — 21 percent
- Health care — 12 percent
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