Call it the Stupor Bowl: One-tenth of U.S. workers likely to skip work Monday

The adrenaline rush from the big game—along with over-imbibing and too many nachos and wings—will keep many at home. The good news: Your commute should be faster and smoother.

Some people will use any good reason to miss work. Recovering from the Super Bowl is probably as good a reason as any.

According to a new survey commissioned in January by The Workforce Institute at Kronos and conducted by the Harris Poll, “an estimated 16.5 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day after Super Bowl 50 due to the game, with nearly 10.5 million” Americans having already requested or planning to request the day off in advance.

In other words, one in 10 U.S. workers may not go to work on Monday because of the Super Bowl (and many more in Denver or Charlotte depending on the outcome of Sunday’s championship game).

Here are the highlights from the survey:

  • A whopping 16.5 million Americans say they might not go to work on Monday because of Sunday’s Super Bowl.
  • Roughly 10.5 million Americans have already requested or plan to request the entire day off in advance, with the rest considering calling in sick Monday morning.
  • Another estimated 7.5 million Americans say they may show up late to work the day after the Super Bowl.
  • Super Bowl-related absences could be particularly striking for organizations with a high contingent of Millennial and Gen Z employees, as 20 percent of employees ages 18-34 say they might play hooky Monday because of game.
  • Of those who plan to watch Super Bowl 50, about one-third of men ages 18-34 and one-fifth of men ages 35-44 say they might not go to work the following day due to the game.
  • Men are not the only ones at risk of catching Super Bowl Fever: 10 percent of employed women who plan to watch the big game say they might not go to work on Monday.
  • According to the study, 77 percent of American workers plan to watch Super Bowl 50.

In our fragmented, technology-obsessed world, there are very few things that bring large numbers of Americans together anymore. audiences are isolated and disjoined, notwithstanding the occasional presidential debate—and, of course, ultra-hyped championship sporting events.

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Super Bowl Sunday has turned into an unofficial national holiday. Last year’s down-to-the-wire victory by New England over Seattle drew the biggest Super Bowl television audience ever, at 114.5 million viewers.

That’s a lot of people doing a lot of partying on Sunday evening, explaining why so many won’t be showing up for work on Monday (at least not right on time).

A few more numbers from the survey bear this out:

  • Some 15 percent of employed U.S. adults who have ever watched the Super Bowl claim the game caused them to show up late or not go to work the following day at least once in their lives.
  • When asked to identify specific Super Bowl-related reasons that contributed to missing work or showing up late the following day, several trends emerged among those who have ever called in sick, taken a pre-approved day off, showed up late unannounced, or arranged to arrive late to work the day after the Super Bowl:
  • Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos fans could be most likely to request the day off in advance, as 43 percent of those who took off Super Bowl Monday as a planned absence in the past say they did so because their favorite team was playing in the game.
  • Those who plan on attending a Super Bowl party are also likely to request Monday off in advance, as 43 percent cite this as a main reason for taking a pre-approved day off.
  • Simply being tired from staying up late watching the game was the top reason for both calling in sick (40 percent) and showing up late (41 percent) unannounced on Monday.
  • Drinking too much alcohol was a key factor in unplanned absences , as 34 percent of people 21 and older admit to calling in sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl in years past because they were hungover; 28 percent say a hangover caused them to be late.

It’s clear from the survey: If you’re out next Monday, you’ll have a lot of company.

The Super Bowl 50 Fever Sidelines Employees survey was conducted online from Jan. 27-29, 2016 among 2,042 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. All percentages are based directly from the survey results, while estimates set forth below for the number of people who may not go to work or may show up to work late on Monday because of the Super Bowl have been extrapolated from the correlation between the survey results and the fact that there are 149.9 million employed people in America (per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics January 2016 report).

John Hollon is vice president for editorial of TLNT, where a version of this article originally appeared.

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