How to Use March Madness for Small Talk With Employees

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March Madness is here and has taken hold of workplaces, large and small. It’s a rarity to find an office associate – whether on the loading dock or rug row – who’s not pulling up online scores and checking over their brackets. Even the Oval Office has a March Madness pool.
Most likely you’ve heard of the productivity stranglehold of this hoops hoopla. One major study estimates this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will result in 8.4 million hours of lost productivity among U.S. workers.
But there’s a bright side: These three magical weeks up the opportunity to initiate casual chatter that forges new or better work relationships. Men, women, sports enthusiasts or nerdy geeks, there’s scarcely a soul who isn’t aware of the big annual round-ball tourney – at least on some level.  If you’re among the many throttled by the thought of sparking spontaneous conversations with relative unknowns at work, fear no more.


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