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Monday, February 3, 2020
MEDIA MONDAY #2 / FEELING GUILTY ABOUT CALLING IN SICK TODAY?
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three kinds of people: those who watch the Super Bowl for the football, those
who watch for the commercials, and those who just use it as an opportunity to
eat some hot wings or nachos.
According to a new survey,
more of all of these people are likely to miss work on Monday than ever before.
On Tuesday, the Workforce Institute at Kronos released the results of its
annual poll to predict post-Super Bowl workplace absenteeism. The firm surveyed
1,148 employed U.S. adults, and projected that Sunday's 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will cause
17.5 million American workers to miss work the next day. It's the highest
figure since the firm started tracking such data in 2005.
The report says that 11.1
million of those would-be work-skippers are planning to use preapproved time
off, which means employers may already know about their plans. An additional
4.7 million apparently plan to call in sick, and the remaining 1.5 million
simply won't show up. Lastly, 7.9 million are "undecided" and may not
decide until they wake up on Monday morning.
To parse what this means for
you, I'm going to do some very basic (and imperfect) math. The U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics says that roughly 158 million U.S. adults were employed in
2019. This year's absenteeism projection would constitute just under 12 percent
of that workforce. So, if you have 50 employees, this survey is suggesting you
might expect six of them not to be in on Monday.
One or two of your 50
employees will call in sick. Two or three haven't made up their minds yet. Half
of one simply won't show up. Insert a hangover joke about "half of a