How to navigate work on the dreaded Monday after the Super Bowl

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For some, Super Bowl Sunday can be the greatest day of the year. NFL lovers or just casual fans will hover around TVs everywhere when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Kansas City Chiefs from Miami on Feb. 2, to either watch the game or stick around for the commercials. Whatever the reason, there’s one thing most Super Bowlers can agree on: the Monday after is the worst day of the year.

Perhaps maybe someone had too many drinks, gambled too much, or their team lost, either way — the Monday following the Super Bowl can be a headache for both employees and employers.

In 2019, a study from Captivate’s Office Pulse estimated companies would lose nearly half a billion dollars in work productivity on Monday following the Super Bowl. Some workers planned on showing up an hour late or taking a half-day, while 12% said they would be too hungover or tired on Monday to deal with work.

There have been suggestions made by fans in order to better accommodate viewers ahead of Monday morning. A New York teen recently started a change.org petition to move the 2021 Super Bowl to Saturday, so people could sleep more after the big day. The petition, which has more than 22,000 signatures, has gained national recognition.

FOX encouraged workers to take Monday off by starting a campaign dubbed “#SuperMonday” in order to get workers and business on the right foot to start the week.

“FOX is here to take that to the next level. We don’t want America to call in sick, so we’re encouraging them to take the day off properly, by giving their boss a heads up,” the network said in a statement.

Kara Korte, director of product management at TetraVX, offered these tips to push employees in the right direction after Super Bowl Sunday.

Huddle up and discuss plays

A reminder: Super Bowl Sunday is not a national holiday. It’s celebrated on a Sunday, not Monday. Korte said employers should communicate with their workers on company policies.

“Remind employees that the Monday after the Super Bowl is a required workday and they are expected to come in unless sick or dealing with a real emergency,” she said.

Use the Super Bowl to your advantage?

Right.

Korte suggests the Super Bowl can be used as a tool to engage workers and “build a stronger sense of community” by perhaps having a little fun around the year’s biggest game.

“By utilizing workplace communication tools, a business can randomly dive up teams throughout the organization and create employer-sponsored team challenges or polls to keep everyone alert,” she said.

When in doubt, work from home

With more and more offices encouraging remote working as a way toward a better work-life balance, the Monday after the Super Bowl might be the best day to utilize the privilege.

“[It] could be a nice compromise for employees looking to stay at home the day after the Super Bowl,” Korte said.

With tools like Microsoft Teams, Cisco WebEx Teams, and Slack, it allows workers to stay connected without having to be physically in the office.