Super Bowl Sick Day: An estimated 17m people are too hungover to work today

17m workers are expected to call in sick today and the amount of lost productivity is estimated to cost $4B.


February 4, 2019

An estimated 100m face paint-wearing, chest-pounding football fans chowed down on chicken wings and chugged beers yesterday as they watched the Super Bowl.

But today, 17.2m of those same fanatics are taking sick days from work, according to research reported by The Washington Post.

An expensive hangover

The Rams aren’t the only losers this morning: The total amount of lost productivity on ‘Super Sick Monday’ is expected to exceed $4B.

Most managers get it: 62% of execs “think it’s funny” when their employees call out sick the day after the big game, according to a recent survey.

But the hangovers also seem to be getting worse: Research shows that the number of workers who surrender to sleeping in on the day after the Bowl has been rising since 2005.

Should Super Bowl Monday be a holiday?

The amount of productivity lost in the aftermath of the Super Bowl is so consistent year after year that some managers want to throw in the towel and make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday and, according to research, 72% of HR managers agree.

A National Hangover Day sounds like a nice idea (especially if you drank 13 Michelob Ultras and ate 4 pounds of queso last night). But don’t get your hopes up: The last time a new holiday was created was MLK day in 1983.

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