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Mon., March 12, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

Happy cyberloafing Monday. I hear many of you are slacking off today

The good folks at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, based in Chicago, report that the weekend before the start of the NCAA March Madness tourney is a double-barrelled setup for folks to slack off at work.
 
A report it cited today said the change in Daylight Savings, coupled with anticipation about how to prepare for the onslaught of the games leaves many folks Cyberloafing today.

Here's how they explain it: 
With the field of 68 teams now selected for the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship tournament – affectionately known as March Madness – companies around the country are preparing for is likely to be a week with noticeably diminished productivity as workers begin the annual tradition of organizing office pools, filling out brackets and watching streaming broadcasts of the games from their desks.
 
“Monday could be particularly dreadful on the productivity front, as a new study out today from a Penn State University assistant professor suggests that the loss of sleep stemming from the annual change to daylight savings time results in workers to spend more time than normal surfing the web.  The ‘cyberloafing,’ as it has been coined, could be particularly robust today as many workers take to the Net to research teams and study match-ups in an attempt to generate a winging office pool bracket,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
 
Which can't be true for hard-working bloggers. Like, I mean, this is my second full blog post of the entire day already!  In case you're tracking ... I am not cyberloafing yet.



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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.