The Super Bowl is only days away, and Americans everywhere will be celebrating the unofficial holiday by spending the day rooting for their favorite team, gathering with friends and family, and enjoying a myriad of football-themed food and beverage. Once the Monday after game day hits, many people may feel fatigued, distracted, or decide to take the day off from work entirely.
Some workers argue that, since the majority of employees watch the game and celebrate, the following Monday should be a designated holiday.
According to a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, 72 percent of human resource managers think Super Monday should be a paid national holiday. Around 27 percent of employees — more than one-quarter of the American workforce — have admitted to calling in sick or making an excuse to not show up after a major sporting event such as the Super Bowl. This doesn’t stop at entry-level positions, nearly one-third of professionals and higher-ups have been tardy or absent from the office after a big game, according to the survey.
Approximately one in five employees have planned to take this day off entirely.
Even if the Monday following the big game doesn’t become a holiday, data suggest that workers aren’t exactly meeting expectations when they show up to the office that morning.
Around 26 percent said they feel less productive after a big game and 55 percent of employees will discuss the game with co-workers the day after. Workers in the Seattle area tend to spend an average of 33 minutes a day talking to co-workers about sports-related topics during the days leading up and after the Super Bowl, with the Monday after being the most prominent.
Where do you stand on the debate? Do you think Super Monday should be a paid national holiday or should workers be required to show up, even if they might call out or be unproductive?