There are 58 U.S. federal and state holidays on the 2018 calendar. And in the state of Massachusetts – home to Kronos Incorporated headquarters – we recognize 12 of the holidays on the list. With Sunday’s big game quickly approaching, I’ll say what we’ve all been thinking for years. The Monday following the Super Bowl should be a holiday.

But should it? Morally, maybe not. Especially when open vacation policies allowing employees the flexibility to take time off as they please seem to be on the rise. But a recent survey commissioned by Mucinex in conjunction with The Workforce Institute at Kronos revealed that 25 percent of working Americans (an estimated 38.5 million people when compared to BLS data) agree that the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday. That’s a steep number.

Super Sick Monday

The Super Sick Monday survey also indicated that many people were likely to take the Monday off ahead of time – 21 percent. This is far less of a concern than the 60 percent of employees who are predicted to call out sick or request a personal day at the very last minute. This unplanned absenteeism is where companies run into trouble – it can significantly impact the bottom line. Learn more about reducing the risk of unplanned absences because of major public sporting events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics in this Workforce Institute podcast featuring Sharlyn Lauby, President of ITM Group Inc., and John Hollon, editor at

Something else to consider is the number of people who will “work from home.” I’m a whole-hearted supporter of working at home. It’s a privilege and can be an extremely productive and valuable use of time. But the day after the Super Bowl? Feeling somewhat skeptical…

“We’ve been tracking the game’s impact on absenteeism for more than a decade,” said Joyce Maroney, Executive Director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos. I was excited to hear that the Workforce Institue teamed up with Mucinex to bring us updated numbers this year. It’s interesting research. An infographic from Mucinex highlights a few of the key statistics from this year’s study. It’s not particularly surprising that the results suggest the most popular day to be sick will be Monday, February 5th. We love our football after all.

So, if people are going to call out sick anyway and the stats continue to grow, should we just give in and designate Super Sick Monday a holiday? Ohio Governor John Kasich thinks so, but I’d be happier to name Tom Brady’s birthday a national holiday. All in favor?

Published: Thursday, February 1, 2018