Let's take a stroll down memory lane. It's January 11, 1970 in two short months "Let it Be" by The Beatles would be released. That evening the Kansas City Chiefs, lead by quarterback Len Dawson, beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.
In four short days my Kansas City Chiefs, lead by Patrick Mahomes, will take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
I could write on for hours and hours - about story after story, heartbreak after heartbreak of my years of being a Chiefs fan.
However, this isn't a blog about sports or my life. Instead I am going to address every business owners nightmare. It is worse than year end taxes, or paying for overtime when you are on a budget. It is the day after Super Bowl Sunday. The dreaded Super Bowl Monday....
Here are some statistics about Super Bowl Sunday and the Monday that follows. According to USA today , the average sports fan will spend $81.17 on Sunday. This total will be on a combination of food, beverages, & sports apparel . If we tally up all the sports fans in the US alone, this is approximately $15.1 billion in revenue. The Washington Post estimated in 2019, that 17 million employees would call in sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl. If we assume that half of those employees actually called in and were supposed to have worked an eight-hour shift. Then employers lost roughly 68 million hours of productivity on Super Bowl Monday. The average employee in 2019 made $181 which is approximately $33.7 billion in lost revenue.
We are going to look at three options as an employer that you can do to put up a good defense against Superbowl Monday, using three football icons as examples -
Bill Parcels - (hardcore) - MANDATORY DAY OF WORK . Do not allow any employees to call in sick or even request the day off in advance. While this may seem the most obvious way to avoid losing potential revenue you need to consider what this can do to employee morale (see our previous post on Employee Morale ) and how it can effect your clients and customers.
Jerry Jones - (not the best idea ) - CLOSE THE OFFICE DOWN . It seems like it will work and it looks like the best solution. You don't consider the ramifications, regardless of what's on paper, what your customers need/want, what your board of directors say, or how much money it will cost you. Yes your employees will love you and business morale will be high, however, what looks best may not be best.
Andy Reid - MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR YOU AND THE COMPANY - This option, in our opinion, is the best. Put the focus on making your office atmosphere more enjoyable or festive on this day. This will lead to lower rates of absenteeism and you might even see higher levels of productivity because your employees are excited and happy to be at work.
Some accommodations you could make -
Forego a formal attendance policy on this day altogether,
Cater in breakfast or lunch for all the employees who come in that day, or, if that’s not feasible for your office, encourage your employees to participate in an office-wide potluck lunch or breakfast.
Allow employees to wear the colors or jerseys of their favorite NFL teams
In summary, making a shift to focus in your office atmosphere is key to a successful Super Bowl Monday. Are you needing more information on how Partners HR can help you with your HR and payroll needs? Contact our offices today at 405-917-1020 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.