Parsippany, NJ - January 31, 2018 – On Monday, February 5, nearly 14 million employed Americans who plan to watch this year’s Big Game1 intend to call out of work in what historically has been the biggest “sick day” of the year. This phenomenon is not caused by a cold or cough, but perhaps a collective feeling of wanting to recover the day after the Big Game. Mucinex, America’s largest over-the-counter brand,* gives a nod to this “sick day” trend, #SuperSickMonday.
A recent survey commissioned by Mucinex and The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated revealed that 1 in 5 employed Americans (19 percent) claimed they have previously missed work on the Monday after the Big Game. Additionally, 25 percent feel that the Monday after the Big Game should be considered a national holiday.
Additional results from the survey revealed:
- Game time decision – 60 percent of employed Americans say if they were going to call out sick or take a personal day, they would decide to call out after the game has started/the following day.
- Moms and dads DO take sick days – 21 percent of employed parents who plan to watch the Big Game (and have children under 18 years old) versus only 5 percent of employed Americans (without children under 18) who plan to watch the game say they are likely to call out “sick” the following Monday.
- Cough, cough. “I’m not feeling great, boss.” Cough, cough. – When asked about the most common cold/flu reason they have used or heard someone else use to call out of work when not actually sick, employed Americans gave these top excuses:
- Fever (26 percent)
- Sore throat (14 percent)
- Headache (12 percent)
“We’ve been researching the Big Game’s effect on the workforce for more than a decade and while numbers may fluctuate each year, one clear fact remains: #SuperSickMonday is often the biggest day in America for calling out of work,” said Joyce Maroney, Executive Director, The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. “Employers are likely to notice quieter workplaces come Monday, and our advice is to embrace the Big Game and use it as an opportunity to build camaraderie in the workplace, while encouraging employees to communicate their likely need for a day off well before kickoff.”
The tongue-in-cheek campaign kicked off this week with a teaser television creative (:15 spot – “Calling In”) and builds up to a post-game television commercial airing Sunday evening on NBC. The ad highlights #SuperSickMonday by depicting the letdown people experience after the Big Game. The Mucinex anti-hero, Mr. Mucus, represents the annoyance and misery that sickness brings, so he is naturally offended by people taking a “sick day” when they’re not actually sick. The tagline playfully conveys to those taking off: Enjoy your “sick day,” America. And when you’re really sick, take Mucinex.
“We’ve had fun with this campaign, giving a lot of the power to consumers and influential personalities in sports and comedy to talk about what #SuperSickMonday means to them,” continues Dolan. “The timing of our ad right after the game syncs up with the immediate nationwide feeling of post-game blues, latching on to that moment when you begin to rationalize calling out sick. We think this approach will help us increase brand awareness at a time of year when lots of brands are advertising in a more traditional way. By giving people a laugh now, we hope they will turn to Mucinex when they’re actually sick.”
Mucinex’s #SuperSickMonday is an integrated marketing campaign, developed by McCann.
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Mucinex and The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated from January 16-18, 2018 among 2,033 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 1,122 are employed. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Mitch Polikoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 According to the BLS, there were 154 million employed Americans in December 2017. 154 million employed Americans x .75 who plan to watch the game this year x .12 who are likely to call out sick = 13,860,000 or 13.9 million.
About The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated
The Workforce Institute at Kronos provides research and education on critical workplace issues facing organizations around the globe. By bringing together thought leaders, The Workforce Institute is uniquely positioned to empower organizations with the knowledge and information they need to manage their workforce effectively and provide a voice for employees on important workplace issues. A hallmark of The Workforce Institute’s research is balancing the needs and desires of diverse employee populations with the needs of organizations. For additional information, visit www.workforceinstitute.org.
About Kronos Incorporated
Kronos is a leading provider of workforce management and human capital management cloud solutions. Kronos industry-centric workforce applications are purpose-built for businesses, healthcare providers, educational institutions, and government agencies of all sizes. Tens of thousands of organizations — including half of the Fortune 1000® — and more than 40 million people in over 100 countries use Kronos every day. Visit www.kronos.com. Kronos: Workforce Innovation That Works.
*Based on Nielsen dollar sales FY 2017 for Healthcare