Should the Day After The Big Game be a Work Holiday?

A surprising number of office managers recently polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam think that the day after the big football game should be a work holiday. Cool.

According to a rousing 72 percent of HR managers, the day after the professional football championship game should be a paid national holiday from work.

That may not be a bad idea considering more than one-quarter of employees (27 percent) admitted they’ve called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work following a major sporting event, such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or World Series.

Nearly one-third of professionals (32 percent) have been tardy to the office the day after watching a big game.

“There’s understandably a lot of excitement both in and out of the office surrounding major sporting events,” said Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam. “It’s not always practical for organizations to give employees the day off after a big game, but allowing a little leeway in the morning could help. Companies can also organize activities beforehand to capitalize on the enthusiasm and build camaraderie.”

Britton added, “All professionals need opportunities to relax and recharge. To keep projects on track during popular events, employers should ask staff to make time-off requests early if they want to enjoy a game and bring in interim workers for absences.”

Now that we think about it, it’s downright cruel to make people come to work after the game. What do you think?


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