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Super Bowl Workplace Impact

2016 super bowl surveyWe are pleased to announce the results of our January 2016 survey to assess the impact of the Super Bowl on worker absences the next day.  According to the study, 77 percent of American workers plan to watch Super Bowl 50.  The results suggest that one in 10 U.S. workers, or  an estimated 16.5 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day after Super Bowl 50 due to the game, with nearly 10.5 million Americans having already requested or plan to request the day off in advance.

You can read more about the survey results and methodology here.  In the meantime, here are a few survey highlights:

  • In addition to those who won’t show at all, another estimated 7.5 million Americans say they may show up late to work Super Bowl Monday.
  • Super Bowl-related absences could be particularly striking for organizations with a high population of Millennial and Gen Z employees, as 20 percent of employees ages 18-34 say they may not go to work on Monday because of game.
  • Of those who plan to watch Super Bowl 50, 32 percent of men ages 18-34 and 20 percent of men ages 35-44 claim they might not go to work the following day due to the game.  And men are not the only ones at risk to catch Super Bowl Fever: 10 percent of employed women who plan to watch the big game say they might not go to work on Monday.
  • When asked to identify specific Super Bowl-related reasons that contributed to missing work or showing up late the following day, several trends emerged among those who have ever called in sick, taken a pre-approved day off, showed up late unannounced, or arranged to arrive late to work the day after the Super Bowl:
    • Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos fans could be most likely to request the day off in advance, as 43 percent of those who took off Super Bowl Monday as a planned absence in the past say they did so because their favorite team was playing in the game.
    • Those who plan on attending a Super Bowl party are also likely to request Monday off in advance, as 43 percent cite this as a main reason for taking a pre-approved day off.
    • Simply being tired from staying up late watching the game was the top reason for both calling in sick (40 percent) and showing up late (41 percent) on Monday unannounced.
    • Drinking too much alcohol was also a key factor in unplanned absences, as 34 percent of people 21 and older admit to calling in sick on the Monday after the Super Bowl in years past because they were hungover, while 28 percent say a hangover caused them to be late

One encouraging finding for leaders concerned about absenteeism is that 74 percent of full-time/part-time employed Americans claim that they would tell their boss the truth about why they missed or showed up late to work unexpectedly if a personal, non-essential activity such as watching the Super Bowl or attending a concert, sporting event, or party caused them to miss work or come in late the following day.

What about you?  Are you feeling the Super Bowl Flu coming on?

Additional information on managing workplace absenteeism:

Infographic on Super Bowl Impact on the Workplace

SHRM/Kronos Study Says Absenteeism Hits Coworkers Hard

Tips for Managing Absenteeism


Investing in Frontline Healthcare Workers

healcare workerThis guest post is written by  Fred Dedrick, Executive Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions.  The National Fund for Workforce Solutions is a growing national partnership of employers, workers, communities and philanthropy that strengthens local economies by implementing demand-driven strategies that create talent supply chains, advance workers into family-supporting careers, and improve workforce development systems.  Read on to learn more about their healthcare initiatives.  

Flux, transformation, and growth. Three adjectives that explain the state of American healthcare delivery. Facing raising patient expectations, plateauing resources, ACA implementation, shifting demographics, workforce shortages, and a host of other factors are leading health care organizations across the United States into a constant state of transformation and change. While some are growing through unprecedented mergers, others are striving to become more efficient, effective, and flexible.

By making strategic investments in their workforce, America’s healthcare providers are striving to do more with less. Specifically, many are investing in the skills and careers of their frontline workers. Ranging from patient transporters to medical coders to medical assistants, this frontline workforce often deals directly and regularly with patients thereby making a tremendous impact on a patient’s quality of care and experience. Efforts to train and empower this workforce are diverse and designed to meet unique factors to each provider and community, but the trend is happening across the United States, across the health care continuum, and among all types of organizations.

Big and small, providers serious about raising outcomes are advancing their successes by investing in their frontline workers. Programs like Cleveland Clinic’s “My Career Plan” and onsite training helped more than 1,500 employees develop new skills directly related to their work in 2014. In addition, organizational cultures at organizations like East Boston Neighborhood Health Center are encouraging all frontline employees—regardless of standing, occupation, or skill level—to build successful careers by developing high-demand skills.

To record and support this transformational approach to healthcare delivery, CareerSTAT, a national partnership of healthcare representatives investing in frontline workers, has started recognizing Frontline Health Care Worker Champions to monitor, record, and acknowledge employers leading in frontline worker development. The national initiative is accepting applications until March 4, 2016 for 2016 Frontline Health Care Worker Champions so if you know of an organization that is working to support the career development of their frontline staff, encourage them to apply for national recognition today.

Workplace Trends for 2016 – Tweet Chat Highlights

KronosTwitterChatWe had a very engaging tweet chat today regarding what workplace topics and issues will be the most prevalent in 2016. Based off of The Workforce Institute predictions for 2016, we had quite a few thought leaders weigh in on what they think will be most critical in the coming year – especially when it comes to subjects such as millennials, benefits, recruiting best practices, and employee engagement, to name a few.

You can view the entire tweet chat below (as well as here), or search via #KronosChat on Twitter. We’d love to know what you think, and what your predictions are for 2016. Tweet us using #KronosChat, or comment below to share your thoughts.