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Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:00 am

Support strong for day off after Super Bowl

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Plenty of managers would be game for another holiday. Let's just call it Super Bowl Monday.

It might sound familiar, because the concept isn't new. But the staffing firm OfficeTeam said late last month that a new survey suggests fresh – or perhaps ongoing – support for a national paid holiday after the football championship.

OfficeTeam said 72 percent of human resources managers liked the idea of a holiday the Monday after the big game. Their preference for a holiday after the Super Bowl outweighed interest in a paid day off after most other major sporting events. Only 5 percent, for example, said they would most like a day off after the NBA Finals.

Of course there were plenty who don't think adding a holiday is necessary. The Oscars, the World Cup Final, Stanley Cup Finals and World Series final game were also on the list of options, and 17 percent of HR managers chose “none of the above.”

More than one-quarter of employees (27 percent) admitted they've called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work following a major sporting event, such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals or World Series, according to OfficeTeam, which has a Fort Wayne office. Nearly one-third of professionals (32 percent) have been tardy to the office the day after watching a big game.

The survey was based on responses from 306 HR managers at firms with at least 20 employees and 1,011 workers 18 and older in the U.S.

“There's understandably a lot of excitement both in and out of the office surrounding major sporting events,” Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, said in a news release. “It's not always practical for organizations to give employees the day off after a big game, but allowing a little leeway in the morning could help. Companies can also organize activities beforehand to capitalize on the enthusiasm and build camaraderie.”

Other survey findings suggest employees ages 18 to 34 (40 percent) and males (36 percent) have most frequently called in sick or made an excuse for skipping work after a major sporting event. Sixteen percent of women have done so. The findings were similar to results from research that has been credited to the Workforce Institute.

Males tend to be more preoccupied by sports at the office, spending more than 35 minutes a day talking about the game and related activities. For women, it's generally less than half the time men spend.

Some researchers have cited the hefty financial toll – hundreds of millions of dollars – on workplace productivity that is due to major sporting events.

The game talk, the excitement before and after among sports fans, isn't likely to end. And it's just as unlikely we can expect another national paid holiday.

Britton says a bit of common sense can make these big events more manageable.

“To keep projects on track during popular events, employers should ask staff to make time-off requests early if they want to enjoy a game and bring in interim workers for absences,” she said.

Firestarters

Some people make things happen. Some people sit on the sidelines, thinking about what could be.

Authors Raoul Davis Jr., Kathy Palokoff and Paul Eder last month released a book titled “Firestarters: How Innovators, Instigators, and Initiators Can Inspire You to Ignite Your Own Life.” It's based on research from many disciplines and interviews with professionals at the top of their fields.

The doers are “Firestarters” and, because of them, the world is a much different, and often better, place, the authors say.

“'Firestarters' creates a complete roadmap to achieve personal success and make an impact in the world,” a news release about the book said. It includes stories about successful entrepreneurs, CEOs, organizational leaders, and forward-looking thinkers who describe the factors and conditions that helped them become achievers.

“Some are known to the public; others will be completely new,” the release said. “But all the stories demonstrate how they became – and you can become – a Firestarter.”

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at lisagreen@jg.net. Lead On also appears online as a blog at www.journalgazette.net/blog/lead-on.