The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an online survey titled “Super Bowl 50 Fever Sidelines Employees” from January 27-29 to determine the effect of watching Super Bowl games on Sunday on following Monday work attendance.
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The survey showed that an estimated 16.5 employed Americans will absent themselves from work on Monday after watching the Big Game on Sunday for several reasons; while 10.5 million others have requested or planning to request for Monday off in advance for watching Super Bowl on Sunday.
According to the survey, one in 10 employed persons in the US may miss work on Monday because of the super bowl event on Sunday – translating to 16.5 employed Americans out of the 149.9 million employed Americans (per US Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2016 Report).
Out of the 16.5 million that will not go to work, 32% of them are men aged 18-34 while 20% are men aged 35-44; with 10% women saying they might also not be at work on Monday due to the games. In total, 77% American workers intend to watch the Super Bowl 50.
Also, many of those caught with the Super Bowl Fever will complain of headaches, fatigue, nausea, and rabid fandom among others. To this extent, about 15% of employed adults who had never watched the Super Bowl will either not go to work on Monday or arrive late to work, while others will simply call in sick due to over-drinking and related hangover.
Also, employed adults who plan on watching the game with friends or away from home are most likely to catch the Super Bowl Fever – with 23% of survey respondents saying they will watch the game at a friend’s house, restaurant or bar, and 33% saying they will watch with other groups of people, and 11% saying they intend to organize a Super Bowl party at their home for others to come watch the game with them.
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And mind you, your boss may miss work on Monday too due to hangover from Super Bowl on Sunday. Nearly 29% of respondents who claim to be a boss or manager with the authority to approve time-off requests for other employees disclosed they may not be at work on Monday; and if your boss happens to be at work this Monday, 35% of today’s managers said they had missed Mondays in the past after watching Super Bowl Sunday.