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Post-Super Bowl Productivity

Feb 6, 2017 1:34:35 PM

The day after the Super Bowl is one of the least productive days of the work year. A lot of people routinely call in sick today, and the ones who do come to work tend to not be at their best. A number of studies have tracked that lack of productivity back to the big game. 

Challenger Gray and Christmas, a Chicago-based executive outplacement firm company, has long played the role of Super Bowl Grinch, tallying up the cost to lost productivity after the big game. The company says the drain on productivity — if all U.S. employees report to work an hour late on Monday — could top $1.7 billion this year. That’s nearly double the cost of lost productivity 10 years ago.

“Every year, the Monday after Super Bowl, and typically the days leading up to the big game as well, are a productivity killer for employers,” said Andrew Challenger, the company’s vice president, in a release explaining the company’s latest research. The company’s estimate is based on all U.S. workers coming in one hour late or wasting an hour of work on Monday talking about the game with co-workers. 

The Heinz Ketchup company — is advocating for making the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Their petition circulated as the Super Bowl got closer but they fell short of their petition goal. Since Monday afer the big game is still a work day there will be plenty of watercooler talk about the halftime show and commercials. 

Moore, Jack. "Super Bowl Could Cost $1 Billion in Lost Productivity." WTOP. Hubbard Radio, 03 Feb. 2017. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.
"Super Bowl Hype Heats Up Around the Office." Office Pulse. Office Pulse, 1 Jan. 17. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.
"Make the Monday after the "Big Game" a National Holiday!" Change.org. Heinz, n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.

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