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Skipping Work After The Super Bowl

Employee absenteeism after major sports events like the Super Bowl is on the rise, suggests new research from staffing firm OfficeTeam. More than half of professionals (54%) know someone who’s called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work following a big game. That’s up from 41% three years ago. In a separate survey, senior managers identified playing hooky the day after (42%) as the most distracting or annoying employee behavior when it comes to sports, a 20-point jump from a similar survey in 2017.

Workers were asked, “Do you know anyone who’s called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work the day after a sporting event, such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or World Series?” Their responses:

Yes 54%
No 46%

Senior managers were asked, “Which of the following is the most distracting or annoying employee behavior when it comes to major sporting events?” Their responses:

Calling in sick or making an excuse for skipping work the day after 42%
Spending too much time talking sports 18%
Showing up the day after tired or under the weather 17%
Being a poor sport or overly competitive 15%
Overdoing it with team decorations or attire 8%

Additional findings:

  • Professionals ages 18 to 34 (65%) most often said they know someone who’s played hooky following a major sports event, compared to those ages 35 to 54 (52%) and 55 and older (36%). 63% of male employees admitted the same, versus 44% of women.
  • Among the 28 U.S. cities surveyed, the most senior managers in Cleveland (56%), Denver (52%) and Chicago (51%) were annoyed by staff missing work the day after a big game.