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Estimated 17.5 million people skip work day after Super Bowl, most ever reported


CASPER, Wyo. — The Kansas City Chiefs won the National Football League’s Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2.

17.5 million people are estimated to have opted out of heading to work on Monday, the largest number since the Workforce Institute at Kronos began providing such estimates in 2005.

“We conducted an online survey with The Harris Poll earlier this month among 1,148 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older,” Kronos says. “The results enable us to estimate that 17.5 million American workers will reportedly miss work the day after Super Bowl LIV – making Monday, Feb. 3, the largest-ever anticipated day of Super Bowl-related absenteeism since The Workforce Institute at Kronos began tracking this phenomenon in 2005.”

An estimated 11.1 million people are relying on pre-approved time off to miss work on Monday. An additional 4.7 million are expected to have called in sick despite not being ill.

About 1.5 million are expected to “be ghosting their employers, saying they will not tell anyone they’re not coming in – they just won’t show up,” Kronos adds.

An estimated 7.9 million were expected to wait until the last minute on Monday before making a decision about whether to head to work.

“We’ve researched the impact of unplanned absenteeism a number of times over the years because it’s an expensive problem for organizations,” Kronos says. “A 2014 survey we conducted with SHRM revealed that the total cost of employee absence can reach up to 22% of base payroll; this figure includes both direct costs, like employee pay, and indirect costs, like replacement expenses, overtime, and net lost productivity.”

“Not only productivity takes a measurable hit – so does the morale of managers and coworkers who scramble to fill the gap. And those managers don’t sit idly by when workers bend the rules.”