If it's harder to resist hitting that snooze button come Monday morning, well, you won't be the only worker trudging in a bit late. Just resist the urge to lie about why.
One in four workers is late at least once a month, according to a new survey of 3,000 workers and 2,100 hiring managers from job site CareerBuilder.com. Some 14 percent said they're late at least once a week. Numbers usually jump on Super Bowl Monday. An oft-cited 2008 study from the Workforce Institute at Kronos estimates that 4.4 million employees arrive to work late the day after the big game, while more than 1.5 million don't go to work that day at all.
There's definitely a spike in absenteeism on Super Bowl Monday, said Kevin Curry, a senior vice president at absence management company Reed Group, which works with more than 800 large firms. Some workers are quick to cite the big game. Others fall back on other excuses. (In general, workers are most likely to blame a lack of sleep, bad weather, public transportation delays or their kids for being late, according to CareerBuilder.)
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Immediate productivity losses range "into the millions of dollars" from post-Super Bowl work delays and absences but the net loss is usually minimal, said John Challenger, chief executive of outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Workers today are more apt to stay late or bring work home to make up for lost time. "There's always catch up," he said.
If there's good news, it's that your manager might not care that you're late. The CareerBuilder survey found that one-third of employers don't have a problem with the occasional late arrival, and 16 percent said punctuality didn't matter if employees still got their work done. "We've seen over time that employers are becoming more lenient when it comes to start times," said Jennifer Grasz, a spokeswoman for CareerBuilder.
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Expect less flexibility in industries where production is measured (like manufacturing) or shifts have an inflexible start time (like health care). "Your boss is probably looking at the bottom line and how the organization is measured," said Curry.