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Should Super Bowl Monday be a Holiday?

boston marathonHere in Massachusetts, the home of Kronos’ headquarters, Marathon Monday (and, simultaneously, Patriot’s Day) is a cherished local holiday.  Many people take the day off.  Thousands are running, and many more people line the 26.2 mile parade route to cheer them on.  And many of those at work are sneaking peeks at the race throughout its course.

Today’s celebrations here in our neck of the woods got me thinking back to another “holiday” – or, a day that many of us wish was. I’m talking about Super Bowl Monday, when many suffer from what’s known as Super Bowl Fever.

Back in January, Kronos conducted our annual survey to see just how much of an impact this fever would have on working Americans. According to the study, 77 percent of American workers planned to watch Super Bowl 50, with the results suggesting that one in 10 U.S. workers - or an estimated 16.5 million employed U.S. adults - would miss work the day after. In addition, nearly 10.5 million Americans had already requested or planned to request the day off in advance.

These numbers are quite telling at how much of an effect this annual football game has on the workforce the day after. So much so that, just earlier this month, Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich declared that the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday.

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