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On Super Bowl Monday, 17 Million Workers Are Expected to Call In ‘Sick’

02/01/2019

Summary

The day after the Super Bowl, roughly 17M workers will call in sick due to hangovers or even just a lack of desire. 62% of surveyed managers actually think it's funny but with all humor aside, this absenteeism, coupled with a drop in productivity from those who do show up to work, can create an overall loss of about $4 billion. A large portion of those surveyed believe "Super Sick Monday" should be a national holiday and 72% of HR managers agree.

Key Points

  • Roughly 17 million employees will call in sick the Monday followng the Super Bowl
  • The combined costs of absenteeism and decreased productivity could reach $4 billion
  • Many are calling for this to become a national holiday to prevent these financial losses

Discussion Questions

  • What costs do you think an organization could avoid by "Super Sick Monday" becoming a national holiday?
  • Why do you think 72% of HR managers agree with those wanting the Monday following the Super Bowl to be a day off for all employees?

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