There is a situation lingering in the near future if you are responsible for employee productivity – March Madness. For anyone that lives under a rock in the United States, March Madness is a reference to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

It happens like this every week after Selection Sunday, employees are taking 4 hour lunches, talking about their brackets, the upsets, their plans to leave early to catch a game and every other thing BESIDES work. Is this really a bad thing?

Take a moment to think about this. You have Joe and Sam who barely get along taking a lunch together to watch a game. Even those that don’t enjoy the sport are partaking in filling out a bracket or at least joining in the conversations about how they would rather be doing anything else BUT watching basketball.

The air at most offices next Monday will be filled with anticipation, excitement and chatter. From a human resources and wellness standpoint, forget low productivity levels, you can’t PAY enough for the healthy work environment that is spawned from March Madness. Even Suzy Q the receptionist entered a bracket based on colors and mascots for crying out loud.

So, if you are the boss or in charge of the productivity of a company this month, embrace the Madness. This is only a short time that people are lower on the productivity side, however, the camaraderie that exists in the office from now until April 4th is almost impossible to replicate, creating a healthy work culture.