'Office Madness' as average worker spends six hours on sports-related activities during NCAA

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1. Employees spend 25.5 minutes per workday on activities during the college basketball playoffs 2. 46 percent of professionals love celebrating sports events like March Madness in the office 3. Checking game scores and team rankings is the most common activity

From a a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam. Professionals said they spend an average of 25.5 minutes per day on sports-related activities in the office during the college basketball playoffs. With the tournament spread across 15 workdays, that's the equivalent of six hours per employee.

Some additional findings...

Male employees and those ages 18 to 34 spend the most time on tournament-related activities at work (36 minutes and 34 minutes on average a day, respectively), such as talking to colleagues and participating in informal competitions.

Nearly half of professionals (46 percent) are big fans of celebrating sporting events like March Madness in the office. Another third (33 percent) aren't very fond of these activities but still play along. More than one in five respondents (21 percent) would rather focus on work and not celebrate sports.

Men (64 percent) and employees ages 18 to 34 (55 percent) most frequently said they love keeping up with sports in the office and bonding with colleagues over them.

Checking game scores and team rankings (62 percent) and an increase in sports talk (59 percent) are the most common workplace behaviors around major sporting attractions, according to senior managers. "While employers may worry about events like March Madness being a distraction in the office, allowing workers to enjoy sports-related activities for even a few minutes can be time well spent," said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. "Staff will appreciate the opportunity to bond with colleagues and return to their desks rejuvenated."

Additional note:

The surveys were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments, and more than 300 senior managers at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees.