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Survey Finds March Madness Increases Employee Productivity

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

For some, predicting a winner can be as fun, relaxing and satisfying as playing basketball.

"You base it off your gut or base it off the stats," says Christopher Greene. "I usually pick the underdog in at least in one category."

"To be the champion of the bracket, you got to really know your basketball," adds Brenard Hurwitz.

The results of a new survey by OfficeTeam find that companies may win by allowing employees to participate in March Madness activities.

Of the 1,000 managers surveyed by the group, 75 percent said March Madness has no impact on moral or productivity, and 20 percent indicated activities surrounding the college basketball tournament improve employee morale at least somewhat.

"We have a lot of employees that are pretty competitive and love watching sports, so everybody really gets involved," said Carolina Alliance Branch Manager Amy Harper.

Carolina Alliance not only allows their employees to participate in March Madness, the bank has made it into a fundraiser.

Workers donate $5 to get a bracket and all the proceeds are donated to the local March of Dimes chapter.

"We all enjoy it," says bank teller Cullen Crook. "Plus, we have other activities going on too so it is a fun time."

While almost everyone in the office has a bracket, management says the annual fundraiser hasn't cost the company. In fact, the bank has noticed that March Madness encourages camaraderie.

"I am hoping Duke is going to pull it off again this year," Crook said.

Although not everybody can be winner, companies who look the other way and let their employees play may come out on top.

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