Perhaps the Super Bowl should simply be declared a national holiday in America.
Not the game itself, but the day after. There have been increasing reports of people skipping work on the Monday following the NFL champion’s announcement, as the spectacle of the Super Bowl gets bigger and bigger.
It’s common knowledge that “Super Bowl Monday” is among the least productive days of the year. This year, following the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the San Francisco 49ers, an estimated 16 million people are anticipated to skip, based on a UKG Workforce Institute survey.
“Folks are going to be playing sick,” said Jarik Conrad, president of UKG Workforce Institute. “They’re probably not going to be very truthful.”
A bill introduced by two lawmakers from Tennessee last year suggested making the Monday following the Super Bowl a holiday. There have also been rumors that the game will now take place on President’s Day weekend, one week later. That would imply that Super Bowl Monday would be a paid holiday for millions of workers.
Dan Patrick, the former ESPN sports anchor who now has a popular radio show, recently grabbed some headlines when he advocated for the Super Bowl to be moved to Saturday. Teams would still get almost two weeks of rest from the conference title games, and fans would avoid the Monday malaise following a night of nachos, wings and booze.
“Wouldn’t it be great that you have all this time?” Patrick said to his listeners. “Both teams get plenty of rest. Saturday is the Super Bowl, and Sunday you get to recover.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Sunday is ideal because that’s when the game will get the most viewers.
Employers aren’t left with much hope in this. They could overstaff and give workers advance notice to confirm they’re working on Super Bowl Monday in order to avoid problems, according to Shauna Bryngelson, a consultant at workplace management firm Mercer.
Beyond absenteeism, the Super Bowl has an effect on the workplace as well. Based on data from UKG’s survey, an estimated 45 million people will be less productive on Monday.
That makes about one-third of the full-time workforce in America.