Every year Patrick Williams and his co-workers make their predictions about the NCAA conference.
"You can talk trash to the people that you work with that are sort of friends of yours," Williams said. "You can make fun of the way people pick teams."
That trash talk translates into some good times in the office.
"It's fun to have something to talk about in the day," Williams said. "You know you toggle from your screens and check the scores."
But all that fun, talk, and internet surfing could be costing business owners hefty bundle.
A recent study from a Chicago research firm estimates 3.8 billion dollars is lost in productivity every year during March Madness. Williams says he could see it happening.
"Not in the nature of our work, now I would say that if someone wasn't at work," Williams said. "Now let's say someone called in sick because they were watching the game, obviously that would really cut into productivity."
And that's why they only play for fun and not for dollars.
"I think the aspect of money makes it to where people go over the top," Williams said.
For now Williams will continue to watch his predictions at work.
"It does take long to just look at it."
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