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Is this the least productive week of the year? It might be in Rochester

Large amounts of snow fell in our area Thursday (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - Winds storms, power outages and a massive snow storm. All of those things have cost the Rochester workforce a few hours in the last few weeks.

On Thursday, another distraction from work tipped off: the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

A national report by Challenger, Gray and Christmas estimates distractions from the NCAA Tournament will cost employers more than $2 billion this year.

For the staff at Tipping Point Communications, it's already been a week filled with reasons to not pay attention to work. The massive snow storm forced them to close their office in Rochester for two days, but they still worked from home. That didn't things easier.

"The only problem I had was an 11 year old son sitting there every five seconds asking what we were going to do," said Tipping Point Founder and CEO Michelle Ashby.

Now back to work, keeping everyone's attention on work is another challenge. Patrick Stellman is a basketball coach and fan. He admits it's tough to focus sometimes.

"For a fan it's like Christmas," said Stellman. "You've got your phone blowing up and people asking if you saw what happened."

For others it means a few days off. A group of guys in Fairport have made Shooters Bar their home on this day for the last 15 years.

"You get together with your friends and act like you're 21 again,' said Bryan Carrigan.

"About 20 of us come together and watch games, have food and drinks and really just enjoy each others company," said Tom Palmeri.

One of many reasons some suspect this just might be the least productive week of the year.

"The only other thing I can compare it to is the day after the Super Bowl," said Bill Broomfield.

"I hope that it was at least 50% of what we expected," said Ashby. "I hope."

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