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Over 17 million expected to skip work Monday after Super Bowl LIV

In what has become an annual tradition, an astounding number of employees are planning to skip out on work the Monday after the Super Bowl, and the data suggests this year could be the worst ever for employers.

The think tank Workforce Institute, which has been crunching the numbers regarding the day-after-Super Bowl absenteeism phenomenon since 2005, estimates that over 17 million workers won’t be at their places of employment come Monday morning. The findings are based upon an online survey of 1,148 U.S. employees conducted with The Harris Poll.

If the numbers from the “2020 Super Bowl Fever Survey” hold up, the workplace absences will be the most ever since Workforce Institute began its Super Bowl-related research 15 years ago.

Digging a little deeper into the data, the think tank estimates only 11 million people who will miss work Monday will have been authorized to do so with pre-approved time off. 4.7 million, on the other hand, are expected to call in sick. Meanwhile, 1.5 million plan to simply not show up at work without any notice, a practice known as “ghosting” an employer.

Joyce Maroney, executive director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos, noted that “unplanned” absences can be “an expensive problem for organizations,” according to a FOX Business report.

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

Employees avoiding work on “Super Monday” — much like the rampant absenteeism that occurs during “March Madness,” especially during the tourney’s opening days — will obviously continue.

With that in mind, perhaps the enterprising young fan who launched a wildly popular petition earlier this month moving for the Super Bowl to Saturday is really on to something.