In Focus: Keeping the Office Civil on the Day After the Super Bowl

By Lacy Lusk Feb 3, 2017
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Whichever team wins Super Bowl LI—the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons—the real winners are workers at Kraft Heinz, the worldwide food company based in Chicago. The company has given all its salaried employees Feb. 6 off because it's the day after the Super Bowl, reports Fortune.  

HR professionals, however, don't have to punt the day away. There's still plenty to be gained from your employees who know how to recover from the big game or who miss it entirely.

Lost Productivity

Attorneys Mark Kluger and William Healey of Kluger Healey, LLC, in Tinton Falls, N.J., say they know who will not win the Super Bowl: employers. Allowing some water-cooler talk but keeping a typical level of professionalism can get productivity back on track.

(Kluger Healey)

Being a Good Sport in the Office

How can sports fans cheer for their favorite team and celebrate the biggest sporting event of the year without running afoul of workplace rules? Let HR make the call on what's in and what's out of bounds. (SHRM)

Super Bowl: Opportunity to Engage Employees

Very few people are more engaged than rabid sports fans. And big sporting events, like the Super Bowl, can bring out the sports fan in all of us. Some employers turn that passion and energy to their advantage and have used the Super Bowl to build a stronger sense of community and pride among their staffs. With March Madness coming next month, this advice could come in handy. (SHRM)

Safe Bets: Super Bowl Gambling

Odds are that any Super Bowl gambling by employees won't garner federal enforcement authorities' attention, as long as the gambling is small-time, management attorneys say. Employers concerned that gambling may get out of hand, though, have tools to deal with this issue, such as gambling and Internet usage policies. (SHRM)

[SHRM members-only resource: Super Bowl Express Request on everything from attendance to dress code]

Monday Absenteeism

According to a survey commissioned in January 2016 by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Poll, as many as 16.5 million employed U.S. adults may miss work the day after the Super Bowl, counting the more than 10 million who requested the day off in advance.

(Kronos)

With those statistics in mind, Kraft Heinz gave its salaried employees Monday off in lieu of paying $5 million for an advertisement during the Super Bowl. The Heinz brand has even started a petition at change.org to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday known as "Smunday."

(Change.org)

In all likelihood, though, the petition will go as far as the one by Budweiser in 2014 to make baseball's Opening Day a national holiday. Getting enough signatures was no problem, but there's no real backing to tie a national holiday into a sporting event.

(CBS Sports)

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