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Managers: Get ready for employees to stay home Monday

The crowd at cheers the PurrCussion band in action at a Carolina Panthers pep rally held at the Epicentre, featuring performances by TopCats and the PurrCussion Band.
The crowd at cheers the PurrCussion band in action at a Carolina Panthers pep rally held at the Epicentre, featuring performances by TopCats and the PurrCussion Band. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Managers, don’t be surprised if a lot of your employees call in “sick” Monday after the Super Bowl.

That’s the message from OfficeTeam, which surveyed supervisors about what they expect. And though the effect is nationwide, it could be exaggerated in Charlotte, where fans will be cheering on the Carolina Panthers well into the night, and maybe even Monday morning.

“There is a lot of excitement about the Super Bowl and the Panthers in particular,” said Lauren Cassidy, regional manager for OfficeTeam. “They may just be frankly exhausted.”

She said managers can make things easier on everyone by encouraging employees to ask for time off as early as possible.

Here are some of the numbers from the survey:

▪ About 36 percent of managers said they think employees often call in sick or make an excuse for missing work after the big game.

▪ Forty-one percent of workers know someone who’s called in sick or made up an excuse for missing work after a sporting event.

▪ Forty-four percent of those in the retail industry said they think employees are doing this – the highest of any industry.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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