Why The Monday After the Super Bowl Is One of the Most Common Sick Days of the Year

Super Sick Monday
by Ogletree Deakins

Between the ups and downs of betting on the Super Bowl and the general post-party fatigue, the Monday after the Super Bowl has become one of the most common sick days of the year. In 2018, it was estimated that 13.9 million Americans would call in sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl, which is roughly 1 in 10 workers.

When managing employee sick time requests, employers generally have two initial considerations: (1) Does the employee have sick time available? (2) Does the employer enforce its sick time policy uniformly and treat all employees equally in terms of their time off requests.

Employers might be able to curb these effects of Super Bowl merriment by creating morale-building opportunities. Employers might, for example, plan a Super Bowl themed celebration on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday where employees can discuss the highlights of the big game and the best new commercials.

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