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March Madness can be a workplace challenge in a smartphone age

Say what you will about the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the most part, they are played during off-duty hours and have minimal impact on the workplace. But in an era of smartphones and iPads, the upcoming March Madness college basketball tournament has the potential to reduce the number of RPMs that workers might otherwise crank out on the boss’s hamster wheel.

Looking to provide employers with thoughtful advice on how to handle the hoop madness ahead, the firm of J.J. Keller & Associates Inc. has just issued a paper that poses the question more succinctly, “Will March Madness boost workplace morale or drain productivity?”

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