Super bowl Monday in the workplace doesn't need to be unproductive

Plan now to help employees re-engage and be productive this Super Bowl Monday. Everyone benefits!

You and your team can survive Super Bowl Monday in the workplace — thrive even!
Turn this notoriously unproductive day around with the right leadership and employee engagement. Like other holidays (official or unofficial), Super Bowl Monday is a great chance to let your employees know you care about them and appreciate their work.
Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday is bound to be the talk at work on Monday, from the winning plays to the advertising hits and flops and Lady Gaga’s half-time show.
A January 2016 survey by the Workforce Institute at Kronos forecast that about 16.5 million employed U.S. adults, or one in 10 workers, would skip work the day after last year’s Super Bowl.
An additional estimated 7.5 million employees “may show up late,” researchers found.
That’s not a lot of enthusiasm to work with — and if you don’t manage your team right, you could end up with a half-full workplace of distracted employees. According to one analysis, employers typically lose $820 million to $850 million in lost productivity the day after the game. Stunning numbers, but true.
Wake everyone up from their nacho dip hangover this Super Bowl Monday! It’s possible to be productive at work and celebrate the big game.

Yes, Productivity Is Possible on Super Bowl Monday! Here’s How.

Now's the time to plan for Super Bowl Monday in the workplace!

Be ready for it: the 51st Super Bowl in Houston on Sunday is bound to be the talk of Super Bowl Monday in the workplace. (Image via NFL/Wikipedia fair use)

Kraft Heinz generated a lot of buzz this week with the announcement that salaried office employees will get Super Bowl Monday off.
“The company known for Kraft Mac & Cheese and Heinz Ketchup also has launched an online petition to make that day a national holiday called “Smunday,” a day of rest after the gluttonous nacho-inhaling, beer-swilling American pastime that is the Super Bowl,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
“Smunday” — as in Sunday + Monday + Fun. It’s a cute name and idea, and the Kraft Heinz petition to make it a national holiday already has more than 50,000 supporters.
But there’s one catch. The day off doesn’t apply to Kraft Heinz’s factory workers. Hmmm.
As appealing as “Smunday” is, skipping work Super Bowl Monday isn’t an option for many Americans, particularly those in transportation, production, service and hospitality. It’s important to engage and take care of these vital workers, too.
So if you’ve got employees scheduled to work Monday, what can you do to prevent distraction and keep up productivity?
1. Build Anticipation
First, let employees know now that Super Bowl Monday in the workplace will be a special day for them. Announce special plans in advance. Those thinking of taking the day off or calling in sick will have an incentive to attend.
2. Plan a Social Hour with Recovery Food

Next, plan a simple social gathering for the start of the workday. Bring in extra-strong coffee, milk, bagels and bananas. Now’s not the time for sugary doughnuts. Your employees need long-lasting energy to focus all day! Consider offering healthy snacks in break-rooms — prepackaged fruit smoothies, small boxes of raisins or trail mix, or fruit and nut bars.
3. A Little Distraction is OK
Instead of fighting everyone’s distraction, embrace it! Give everyone on your team time to socialize together and discuss the game. Let employees celebrate (or commiserate) together to get it out of their systems before getting down to work.
4. Take Advantage of Social Engagement
Your employees will most certainly be engaged on Super Bowl Monday — at least with each other. Take advantage of this boosted morale and social engagement to build teamwork. This may be a good day to schedule more creative or social tasks, like a brainstorming meeting. Up the ante with small gifts to award small wins, like a great idea, a task completed in record-breaking time, kudos from a customer, etc.
5. Have fun!
Remember, having fun together isn’t wasted time! Positive teams that work well together are more productive in the long run, according Harvard Business Review.

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