march-madness

Time out for March Madness

March 8, 2011 at 7:41 AM ET

We are still coming down from the euphoria following Duke’s performance in Chapel Hill this weekend. But we are also eagerly awaiting filling out our brackets next Sunday.

Some bosses, however, would rather you stick to work during work hours.

OfficeTeam, a Silicon Valley-based temp firm, recently conducted a survey of 1,013 senior executives (whatever that means), and while 11 percent called the hoops hoopla “a welcome diversion,” 32 percent said “I am a soul-sapping killjoy that likes to talk about work-life balance only when HR is within earshot.” Oh, sorry, actually they checked the box next to “shouldn’t be allowed at work.”

Reasonable bosses, 57 percent of them, went with “I don’t encourage them, but they’re OK in moderation.” We imagine our boss (hi!) is in this group, but he probably would have preferred a subset that said “Until my bracket is busted, then I don’t want to hear anything about it.”

Go (insert team here that is not Duke)!

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