Not to be the fly in the punchbowl here, but if a recent survey by Harris Interactive and Kronos Incorporated is accurate, as many as 1.5 million people may be calling in sick on Monday. And if your workers aren’t calling in sick, they may be late. Based on survey responses, it is estimated that as many as 4.4 million workers could be late to work the day after the Super Bowl. This on top of the productivity that’s already been lost – Challenger, Grey, and Christmas, an employment consulting firm, estimate that businesses weather up to $848.5 million in lost productivity in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.
For most who miss work or arrive late, it will be due to temporary fatigue or spirited overindulgence. But for some, watching sports can be more hazardous. Experts caution against becoming a Super Bowl statistic* – a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine links the stress and emotions of watching sports to an increased risk for chest pains or cardiac arrest. The study tracked 4,279 Bavarian hear patients, and found that the rate of heart attacks was three times greater on days when the German national team was playing than other periods.
If you are celebrating on Sunday, here are 15 suggestions for a healthy Super Bowl party. Also, football great Joe Montana, who has worked to educate people about the dangers of high blood pressure, offers his own suggestions great heart-healthy Super Bowl recipes.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any good recipes to suggest for any productivity headaches you may face on Monday. You might want to go with the flow and join the Make Super Bowl Monday a National Holiday crowd.
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