Employee absenteeism after major sports events like the Super Bowl is on the rise, suggests research from the staffing firm Office-Team, Menlo Park, Calif. Fifty-four percent of professionals know someone who has called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work following a big game. That is up from 41% three years ago.
In a separate survey, senior managers identified playing hooky the day after (42%) as the most-distracting or -annoying employee behavior when it comes to sports, a 20-point jump from a similar survey in 2017.
Among the 28 U.S. cities surveyed, the most senior managers in Cleveland, Ohio (56%), Denver, Cola (52%), and Chicago, III. (51%) were annoyed by staff missing work the day after a big game.
"It's easy to get drawn into the excitement of major sports...