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Millions of fans will tune in Sunday night to find out who will play the so-called “Game of Thrones” most successfully, and which additional characters will die in their pursuit of the Iron Throne in the Game of Thrones finale premiering on Sunday, May 19.
In Westeros, the common folk is scared of fiery dragons and Mad Kings (and Queens?), but the real world brings much more frightening enemies: Mondays. The new “Absence is Coming” survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos estimated that more than 27 million employees will either miss work completely, arrive late, work remotely, or be less productive than usual on Monday, May 20, because of the previous night’s series finale.
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Not unlike the Super Bowl or March Madness, the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones has cost employers insane amounts of money in productivity. We all know the Iron Bank of Braavos won’t be repaying them for that anytime soon. Game of Thrones fans may be exposed when they don’t show up on time to work on Monday, which 2.9 million Americans said they plan on doing. A whopping 3.4 million said they will work remotely even though they usually don’t. Fans who work Sunday night certainly drew the short stick, but 5.8 million employees who typically work Sunday nights actually plan to use a vacation day, sick day, or personal day in order to watch the finale live. That’s on top of the 4.9 million who plan on skipping work the following day.
Game of Thrones finale and work productivity by the numbers
- 20.4 million employees admitting that watching the current season has affected their attendance and/or performance at work, including 4.4 million employees who have missed work specifically to stream re-runs to refresh their memory on key plot lines or catch up on missed episodes.
- 7.3 million employees admit they have called out sick, taken a personal day, or used a vacation day to miss work on a Monday specifically because they watched Game of Thrones the night before.
- 35.8 million employees have spent at least one hour per week of company time this season talking about, reading about, or posting online about Game of Thrones, even if they don’t actively watch the show.
- 12.7 million employees watching the current season say they spend five or more hours per week talking about, reading about, or posting online about Game of Thrones, while another 16.5 million admit they’ve spent between one and four hours doing the same.
Who from Game of Thrones would you most want as your boss?
Survey respondents also made it clear who they’d most want on the office Iron Throne (aka their boss’s chair) out of all the fictional possible rulers. In the survey, Jon Snow beat out his competitors with 28% of people choosing the curly-haired King of the North to rule their department.
Tyrion Lannister was next with 12% of the vote, and Daenerys Targaryen came in third with 9%. Although the survey was conducted from May 7 to May 9, so many disloyal Dany fans might’ve changed their response after watching the May 12th episode (or episode 7). Even Cersei Lannister received some votes, with 2% saying they’d most want her as their boss, perhaps revealing some surprising insights on how Americans feel about being ruled by fear.
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