No. 2: Watch the games at work

If you can't get away from the office and you spend your work day staring at a computer screen, you may be able to watch the games from your desk.

Although in the past you could watch every single game for free online, that will change in 2012.

While all games airing on CBS will still be available for free on, the NCAA joined with Turner Sports and CBS Sports to offer March Madness Live, which for $3.99 allows fans to watch all games live online or via an app for Apple and android devices.

March Madness Live also offers video highlights, game alerts and live radio broadcasts for every game. Cable and satellite subscribers can "authenticate" themselves to get online access without paying extra.

Returning this year will be the ever-popular "boss button," which replaces the game with a fake spreadsheet if your boss happens to walk by your desk.

The free online and mobile offering in 2011 netted more than 52 million visits during the tournament. And that boss button certainly got a workout, racking up more than 4 million clicks.

But while those numbers show you'll hardly be alone, be sure to refrain from belting out your school fight song at your desk. That's what the conference room is for.

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No. 1: Get your company involved

You want to boost office morale and unite your co-workers in a common goal?

Sure, you could put your nose to the grindstone and actually get some work done, but few things bring a workplace together like a good, old-fashioned office pool.

Whether it be a co-worker's due date, Oscar predictions, a football numbers board or a tourney bracket pool, nothing has quite the same effect on an office as the chance to win bragging rights over your co-workers -- not to mention their money.

And if you organize the office pool, it will give you a good jumping off point for a campaign to allow you and your fellow employees to watch the tourney at work in the open.

While some experts claimed March Madness costs companies into the billions of dollars in lost productivity, others argue that it actually has the ability to boost morale and, in turn, productivity.