Super Bowl of the Workplace: Boost Employee Productivity

January 30, 2015 Jeff Ford

employee productivity post-superbowlDid you know that the Monday after the Super Bowl is statistically the most unproductive day of the year in the workplace? Some have even gone so far as to petition it to be a national holiday.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., for each employee, companies lose an average of $3.16 for every 10 minutes of time used discussing the Super Bowl and activities related to the game. As you can imagine, that adds up! In the same study, we learn that $820 million dollars is lost in productivity post game day.

So, how are you going to up your productivity game? 

Don’t be a statistic. Get employees engaged this Super Bowl Monday and boost productivity. It’s easier said than done, but by giving employees something to look forward to, they will be more likely to put their best foot forward and have an incentive to come to work prepared and task-oriented. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Breakfast Celebration 

A catered breakfast surprise (with some extra strong coffee) would certainly help curb the stragglers from Sunday wouldn’t it? This is also the perfect opportunity for everyone to get the Super Bowl talk out of the way and then get to work. Hand out goody bags filled with energy bars, healthy snacks, or Red Bull. They’re going to need them!

Lunch Potluck

Before everyone leaves on Friday, send out an invite for a potluck luncheon for Monday and encourage employees to bring in those Super Bowl Sunday leftovers. Maybe set up TV’s to watch game highlights or YouTube the commercials during lunch. This is a great way to promote team camaraderie, and it doesn’t interfere with work since it’s a designated lunch break.

Office Super Bowl

Before the big game, have some quick pre-bowl festivities that promote the game but do not take up a large portion of time! For example, send out an e-mail taking an office poll on who will win the Super Bowl. Whichever team loses will have to make lunch for the rest of the office. Get creative!


Have you experimented with fun activities on Super Bowl Monday? How’d you do?



About the Author

Jeff Ford

Jeff Ford is a co-founder of Perks and was the original architect of Perk’s SaaS incentive solution. Since the inception of the company, he has spearheaded the direction of everything from IT to Operations to Finance. He is passionate about technology and how the web has truly changed how we work and motivate our employees, partners and customers. Jeff’s background, prior to Perks, was spent as a solution architect, web developer and as a controller in the distribution and logistics industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, from the University of Central Arkansas. He brings his dog Xee to work every day and considers himself lucky and proud to be a part of such a great team.

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