• 14 million workers expected to call out sick Monday after Super Bowl, survey says

    By: Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Super Bowl Sunday is arguably the biggest day in sports. Millions of Americans either host football parties or attend one. The partying generally continues well into the night.

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    It’s no surprise then that millions of workers take the Monday after the big game off or call in sick.

    A new survey by The Workforce Institute of Kronos and the over-the-counter medication manufacturer Mucinex predicted 14 million Americans would call in sick Monday, the day after Super Bowl LII.

    The research found 1 in 5, or 19 percent, of those surveyed said they had previously missed work the day after the Super Bowl, and 25 percent of respondents said the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday.

    The top reasons for calling in sick, according to the survey, included a fever, a sore throat or a headache, in that order.

    Quarterback Nick Foles, #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles, celebrates with Jason Kelce, #62, after defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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    “We’ve been researching the big game’s effect on the workforce for more than a decade and while numbers may fluctuate each year, one clear fact remains: #SuperSickMonday is often the biggest day in America for calling out of work,” Joyce Maroney, executive director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos, said.

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    The online survey was conducted in the U.S. between Jan. 16-18 and registered responses from more than 2,000 people 18 and older. 

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