With the New England Patriots facing the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl next weekend, the impact of one of America’s favorite pastimes on productivity will certainly be felt in the office come Monday, according to an estimate from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Over 100 million Americans are expected to watch the game on Sunday, and many of those watching will take the following Monday off of work. Super Bowl-related absences could cost employers over $2.5 billion in lost productivity.
According to a survey from Kronos, an estimated 13.9 million Americans called off of work for Super Bowl Monday in 2018, and a similar number will likely call off this year. However, even those who do choose to go to work on Monday will likely face some sort of game-related distractions.
“If all of the workers who watch the Super Bowl spend just one hour of their work day discussing the game or come in one hour late, the productivity losses could hit $1.7 billion,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.