Mar 20, 2015 9:23 PM

March Madness can lead to workplace dilemma

Dozens of college basketball games from noon-midnight is a dream if you're a college basketball fan. But not everyone is mad about the tournament. According to job placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the tournament costs companies more than $1 billion in productivity. One group that is very busy during the tournament: Accountants because it's tax season.

"We work during St. Patrick's Day which is a similar feeling and every holiday that happens during the tax season. I mean, it's something you get use to. These are just things you can't participate in anymore really," said Nate Buiel, senior accountant at Graham & Graham in Concord.

Some offices embrace the tournament and put the game on in the conference room while others have strict policies about calling in sick.

An estimated 60 million people will fill out a bracket every year for the tournament. So whether you're rooting for your alma mater or the upset there's no denying the popularity of college basketball.


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