Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees on Monday Morning

New Survey Findings Indicate That 1.5 Million Employed U.S. Adults May Call in Sick to Work the Day after the Big Game

CHELMSFORD, Mass.--()--New survey findings suggest that an estimated 1.5 millioni employedii U.S. adults may call in sick to work the day after the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees on Monday Morning survey of 1,430 adults employed full-time was sponsored by The Workforce Institute at Kronos® Incorporated and conducted online via Harris Interactive.

The survey shows that another three percent of respondents, or an estimated 4.4 millioniii employees, may arrive late to work the Monday after the Super Bowl. This number is in-line with the three percent of respondents who admit to, in the past, having arrived late to work the Monday after the Super Bowl. Interestingly enough, three percent also say that they have previously called in sick to work the Monday after the Super Bowl, indicating that the number of employees who actually do call in sick may be significantly higher than the number who say they might.

Super Bowl-related absences could be particularly striking for organizations with a high population of Gen X and Gen Y employees, as the majority of the employed adults who say they may call in sick the day after the Super Bowl are males and females between the ages of 18-34 years (4 percent and 3 percent, respectively).

Unscheduled absences, including those that organizations will experience after the Super Bowl, cost U.S. employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, impact production and customer service, and create employee satisfaction problems. Until recently, few organizations were conscience of this hidden cost or were simply not focused on controlling it.

Today, best practice organizations are using automated solutions to manage and apply attendance policies fairly and consistently throughout their organizations, said Joyce Maroney, director of the Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. Managers benefit from the timely information, which enables them to quickly adjust to unscheduled absences without impacting production or employee satisfaction. Employees are empowered with self-service tools, which provide access to vacation and personal leave time balance information, encouraging them to plan appropriately for time away from work. This supports a healthy work/life balance and reduces unscheduled absences.

Study Methodology

This Super Bowl survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kronos Incorporated between January 24 and 28, 2008 among 3,091 U.S. adults aged 18 and over, of whom 1,430 were employed full-time. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the largest and fastest-growing market research firms in the world. The company provides innovative research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what it believes to be the worlds largest panel of survey respondents, the Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its North American, European and Asian offices, and through a global network of independent market research firms. More information about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com. To become a member of the Harris Poll Online and be invited to participate in online surveys, register at www.harrispollonline.com.

About Kronos Incorporated

Kronos Incorporated empowers organizations around the world to effectively manage their workforce. At Kronos, we are experts who are solely focused on delivering software and services that enable organizations to reduce costs, increase productivity, improve employee satisfaction, and ultimately enhance the level of service they provide. Kronos serves customers in more than 60 countries through its network of offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. Widely recognized as a market and thought leader in managing the workforce, Kronos has unrivaled reach with more than 30 million people using a Kronos solution every day. Learn more about Kronos at www.kronos.com.

Note to Editors

Cite survey findings as: The Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees on Monday Morning survey sponsored by The Workforce Institute at Kronos® Incorporated.

© 2008 Kronos Incorporated. Kronos and the Kronos logo are registered trademarks and The Workforce Institute is a trademark of Kronos Incorporated or a related company. All other product and company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

i Calculation based on the Super Bowl Fever May Sideline Employees survey data that one percent of employed adults may call in sick the day after the Super Bowl and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from December 2007 indicating that there are 146.2 million people employed in the U.S.

ii Employed refers to U.S. adults aged 18 and over who are employed full time.

iii Calculation based on the Super Bowl Fever May Sideline Employees survey data that three percent of employed adults may arrive late to work the day after the Super Bowl and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report from December 2007 indicating that there are 146.2 million people employed in the U.S.

Contacts

Kronos Incorporated
Laura Souza, 978-947-4777
laura.souza@kronos.com

Contacts

Kronos Incorporated
Laura Souza, 978-947-4777
laura.souza@kronos.com