Some arrive late — or not at all — the day after the Super Bowl

WASHINGTON — Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest party days of the year.

But the morning after is not nearly as — well, super.

A lot of people arrive at work late or not at all on the Monday after the Super Bowl. And many of those who come to the office battling fatigue and hangovers are not likely to be at their best.

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A survey conducted for The Workforce Institute at Kronos — a business think tank — estimates that 4.4 million Americans could be late to work and an additional 1.5 million could call in sick on the morning after the Super Bowl.

Various business groups say the result is hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity connected to the big game — perhaps $820 million for Super Bowl week, according to a 2007 study by the placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas.

Business consulting firms says there are several things business owners can do to help keep their workers productive on the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday, ranging from flexible start times to stocking extra hangover remedies and lots of black coffee.

As for employees, if you think the Super Bowl is going to affect your ability to get your job done, you might want to ask for the day off in advance. And if you do oversleep, it’s best to just be honest with your boss.

According to the job site CareerBuilder.com, a quarter of all workers are late at least once a month, and chronic tardiness is a common reason for terminating an employee.

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