Companies ,Not Basketball, Harm Productivity

There’s always talk this time of year about how much productivity is lost because of the NCAA Basketball tournament. I would take those numbers with a grain of salt. This article debunks most of the estimates but it misses one important point. It assumes that all the work being done is productive. Anybody whose been in the cubicle trenches knows what I’m talking about. Spreadsheets that never get viewed, PowerPoint’s that never get shown, reports that never get read, etc. I think you have to employ the 80-20 rule here. Only 20% of work is productive vs. 80% which is non-productive. The good news is you still get paid.

Some folks are just trying to enthral
By harping against basketball.
But what is the cost
Of productivity lost
If the work had no value at all?

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