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59% of employees skip work or show up late the day after a major sporting event

With the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots all set to face off during Super Bowl 2018, some fans probably won’t be making it to work the next morning. As a result, a staggering 72% of HR managers reportedly think the day following the Super Bowl “should be a paid national holiday from work.”

Research released this week from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows that 59% of workers say they have either not made it to work or been late on the morning after “a major sporting event” — 32% weren’t on time and 27% phoned in to say they weren’t feeling well or used another reason for not coming in.

Workers also reported spending an average of 27 minutes each workday “on sports-related activities” leading up to a big game.

OfficeTeam reportedly had “independent research firms” survey 1,011 employees ages 18 and up, and 306 HR managers employed in the U.S. Here are some of the findings that stood out.

Here’s how employees fare the next morning

Along gender lines, 36% of male and 16% of female employees reported phoning work about an illness “or made an excuse for” not showing up the morning after a big sporting event, while 42% of male employees and 20% of females were late.

Younger employees were most likely to miss a day of work — 40% age 18-34, 23% age 35-54, 7% age 55 and up — while 44% of those age 18-34, 28% age 35-54 and 11% age 55 and up failed to make it in on time.

How to manage the Monday after the Super Bowl

While many employees would agree with HR managers that Super Bowl Monday should be a paid, national holiday, for now, we’re still expected to show up and do our jobs. Here’s how to help deal with the day after:

Work ahead the week before

You never know what professional fires you might have to put out at work on the Monday after the Super Bowl, so do anything you can ahead of time. Working a little harder in the weeks leading up to the game will put you ahead of the game and make the day a little easier.

Get ready for work over the weekend

If you’re planning on dragging yourself to work the morning after a long evening at a sports bar or party, get the mundane stuff out of the way.

Finishing up your meal prep and packing your lunch on the day before the game will leave less on your plate for later, so go for it. Also, pick out what you’ll be wearing on Monday so you don’t have to waste any time at the end of the night preparing to head back to the office the next morning.

Ask for time off well in advance

If you know you’re not going to make it into work on Monday, you might as well just schedule the day off ahead of time.

“All professionals need opportunities to relax and recharge,” Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, says. “To keep projects on track during popular events, employers should ask staff to make time-off requests early.”

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