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Businesses, buckle up — the Monday after the Super Bowl will cost American businesses more this year than last year.
After football fans slugged their way back (or even skipped) work last year costing businesses to lose nearly a half-billion dollars in productivity, it’s expected that the losses will rise well north of the number in 2019.
OfficePulse released its report for the 2020 Super Bowl, which takes place Sunday in Miami when the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs fight for the NFL’s best crown. The study, which polled 360 workers across the US, found that businesses are set to lose about $620 million in productivity. The increase in lost production could rise about $136 million with workers calling out or showing up late, according to the study.
It’s not a surprising number considering nearly a quarter of workers feel that the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday, according to the study, and perhaps Millennials, especially, share that idea.
Super Bowl hangover — literally
While workers will use excuses from calling out sick, showing up late or coming to the office a bit off their usual step come Monday, about 14% said they expect to be hungover or “extra tired” after the Super Bowl.
More than a quarter of Millennials expressed this concern, according to the survey. They were the most likely to come to work battling a hangover while Gen Xers and Baby Boomers expressed similar feelings.
Six percent of workers said they will call out and take the work remotely option, while 22% are even adjusting their calendar by not scheduling meetings the morning after Sunday’s big game.
Employees expected to miss work more than ever
A separate study commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated in conjunction with The Harris Poll estimates that 17.5 million US workers could miss working the day after Super Bowl LIV. That number would be the largest-ever tally since the study started tracking this data in 2005.
More than 11 million employees said they will likely use a preapproved day off, while an additional 4.7 million employees said they plan to call in sick even if they are not.
With online campaigns running trying to force the Super Bowl either moved to Saturday in order to let people properly celebrate or even calling for Monday to be a mandatory day off, 40% of respondents said the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday. In a resolution to appease both fan and employer, nearly two-thirds of respondents (63%) said the Super Bowl should be pushed to later in February to the Sunday before Presidents Day, in order to it land on a national holiday.
Whatever the solution is, be advised: your decision whether to go to work or not after the Super Bowl could cost you your job. Nine percent of employees reported they witnessed or heard about a coworker getting in trouble or being fired or missing work Monday after a Super Bowl.
An additional 9% said they were personally spoken to or given a warning for missing work, while 6% were told they could not use sick time or were docked pay because they were not sick.
Super Bowl LIV airs Sunday, Feb 2 on FOX, with kickoff scheduled for 6: 30 pm EST.