Should the day after the Super Bowl be a National Holiday? Or, maybe the Super Bowl should be played on Saturday night so Americans can enjoy their Sunday off before returning to work?
Estimates put the cost in lost productivity by employees at over $3-Million on the day after Super Bowl Sunday due to absenteeism and apathy. About 16.5-million people, or 1 in 10 Americans, plan to completely skip work today after watching the Big Game.
There are 7.6-million workers in New England; 2.9-million in Philadelphia, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics - $194-Million in lost productivity from those two regions alone!
If all workers who watch the Super Bowl come in late to work by one hour, or spend an hour talking about the game instead of working, that costs employers $1.78-Billion in lost productivity. Employers lose an estimated $296-Million in productivity for every ten minutes employees spend talking about the game, the commercials, and watching highlights online.
Some companies understand. Kraft-Heinz announced last year that Monday after the Super Bowl would be a paid day off for salary employees.
Maybe we should just make today a National Holiday. Or, at least play the game on Saturday.
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