Did you know the Monday after the Super Bowl is notoriously unproductive?
Consider human resources expert Susan M. Heathfield’s article, “Make the Super Bowl a Workplace Win.” It cites interesting statistics from an employee survey by career community Glassdoor, which asks: “Is the Super Bowl good for the workplace?”
- 20% of employees say employee morale is typically better in the office the day after the Super Bowl.
- 22% of employees notice, however, that the Monday following the Super Bowl is commonly a less productive day than usual.
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- 8% of employees plan to take the day off following the Super Bowl.
- 9% of employees plan to take the Monday off as a vacation day.
- 3% of surveyed employees admit that they plan to call in sick the day after the Super Bowl.
Some Companies Offer Perks on Super Bowl Monday
The survey asks employees if their companies offer perks for Super Bowl Monday:
- Several employees say they’re either allowed to work from home or use the Monday as a flex day.
- Another employee says their weekly Monday morning meeting gets bumped until later in the day on Super Monday.
- Other survey respondents say their employers buy breakfast for employees on the Monday after the game.
Should Super Bowl Monday be a Holiday?
Some even say Super Bowl Monday should be a national holiday and not just sports fanatics. In her article, “Do We Need a National Holiday on the Day After the Super Bowl?”, Lisa Johnson Mandell argues it’s a lost day anyway. She notes that in 2010, “1.5 million Americans didn’t show up for work the next day at all, and an estimated 4.4 million showed up late. Then there are all the people who do show up on time who are fuzzy, drowsy and blurry-eyed.”
What Can You Do?
For one, take advantage of the high morale employees have on Monday. Chances are your employees are in great moods the day after the Super Bowl—or horrible ones, if their team lost—but nonetheless they’re engaged and talking about the game and how they spent Super Bowl Sunday with family and friends. It’s something almost everyone in the workplace can relate to and chatter about.
You’ll make the whole day more productive if you allow employees an hour in the morning to gather and talk. Consider hosting a simple breakfast for everyone to share or make it a potluck event. A simple gesture such as this not only provides a needed transition for employees to focus for the day, but also builds long-term morale and goodwill too.
Be sure to announce special plans in advance, so those thinking of taking the day off or calling in sick will have an incentive to attend. If you restore normal productivity on Super Monday, it will be well worth the time, effort and money.
What do you think? Do you see diminished productivity on Super Monday? What kinds of perks might work well in your workplace?
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