59 percent of employees skip work or show up late the day after a major sporting event


With the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots all set to face off during Super Bowl 2018, some fans probably won’t be making it to work the next morning. As a result, a staggering 72% of HR managers reportedly think the day following the Super Bowl “should be a paid national holiday from work.”

Research released this week from staffing firm OfficeTeam shows that 59% of workers say they have either not made it to work or been late on the morning after “a major sporting event” — 32% weren’t on time and 27% phoned in to say they weren’t feeling well or used another reason for not coming in.  

Workers also reported spending an average of 27 minutes each workday “on sports-related activities” leading up to a big game.

OfficeTeam reportedly had “independent research firms” survey 1,011 employees ages 18 and up, and 306 HR managers employed in the U.S. Here are some of the findings that stood out.

Here’s how employees fare the next morning

Along gender lines, 36% of male and 16% of female employees reported phoning work about an illness “or made an excuse for” not showing up the morning after a big sporting event, while 42% of male employees and 20% of females were late.

Younger employees were most likely to miss a day of work — 40% age 18-34, 23% age 35-54, 7% age 55 and up — while 44% of those age 18-34, 28% age 35-54 and 11% age 55 and up failed to make it in on time.

How to manage the Monday after the Super Bowl

While many employees would agree with HR managers that Super Bowl Monday should be a paid, national holiday, for now, we’re still expected to show up and do our jobs. Here’s how to help deal with the day after:


You never know what professional fires you might have to put out at work on the Monday after the Super Bowl, so do anything you can ahead of time. Working a little harder in the weeks leading up to the game will put you ahead of the game and make the day a little easier.


If you’re planning on dragging yourself to work the morning after a long evening at a sports bar or party, get the mundane stuff out of the way.

Finishing up your meal prep and packing your lunch on the day before the game will leave less on your plate for later, so go for it. Also, pick out what you’ll be wearing on Monday so you don’t have to waste any time at the end of the night preparing to head back to the office the next morning.


If you know you’re not going to make it into work on Monday, you might as well just schedule the day off ahead of time.

“All professionals need opportunities to relax and recharge,” Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, says. “To keep projects on track during popular events, employers should ask staff to make time-off requests early.”

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8 thoughts on “59 percent of employees skip work or show up late the day after a major sporting event

  1. I live just outside filthadelphia so of course I am cheering for my home team. I sure do hope the Sixers make the most slapshots so they win the world series tonight. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

    I try to impress all the sports fans with my deep knowledge of the circus games.

    If people in Philly had a fraction of a fraction of the fervor they have for their liberty and its future as opposed to a game that makes joos billionaires and they have ZERO vested interest in, the real party could begin.

    Instead, they’ll fistfight and shoot and stab the opposing teams’ fans over this and probably burn the city down tonight. It will either be celebratory or in lamenting, but either way, they will dedicate and direct all their energies and even their lives to the circus.

    Well done and thanks joos!

  2. Its too bad that the NFL is fixed. It has become an epic Toilet Bowl. People go out of their minds for such theatrics. The NFL today is more like watching WWE wrestling. It’s a Joke…

  3. I am amazed how many people can afford the tickets. ……I have to say I would rather the monday after the stupid bowl be a holiday over that commie holiday in january know as ‘I had a dream’ mlk jr.

  4. Unbelievable. Two dozen idiots spend the day fighting over a football and half the country is late for work the next day.

    If they were working for me they’d be headed for the unemployment line. It’s a good way to weed the idiots out of your workforce.

  5. I used to be a rabid Raider Hater Chargers fan before I woke up. Then I finally figured out why they never won a Super Bowl.

    ALL major sports are FIXED, and most (if not ALL) college sports are the same.

    Stinking jews HATE leaving ANYTHING involving MAMMON to CHANCE!!!!!

    1. I agree
      I began to realize it’s all bread and circuses I don’t waste my time on it
      And am more productive for it

      It’s a good day to do some reloading

      1. Or some more commenting on FTT.

        I think there’s a game on somewhere, but I’m here at A&W listening to Booker T & The MG’s ‘Green Onions’ right now. 🙂

  6. With technology. ..and fake telecommuting online.

    Why show up at all…

    Unless you have to dig a ditch at 8.

    I suggest sending out an email to your group at 3.am….stating…


    Somethings fkd up hear.

    I’m working on it.

    Then take a nap… eat some painkillers. ..smoke a bowl.
    Run a few red lights late.

    Then show up whenever you feel like it.

    Just make sure Ur on a phone when you get to work so you can act like you’re biz zee.

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