February 26, 2024

Super Bowl hangover: IT managers bracing for surge in remote work on Monday

Prior to the pandemic lockdowns hitting the U.S. in 2020, the variety of Americans who mentioned they anticipated to overlook work the Monday after the Super Bowl that yr hit a file excessive of 17.5 million, in response to the Workforce Institute at Kronos’ annual “Super Bowl fever” survey on the time.

But now that hybrid work is commonplace, contemporary information signifies opting to work from house is the brand new “calling in sick” – and that has information technology professionals bracing for a surge in assist desk calls this Super Bowl Monday.

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A brand new survey reveals 41% of hybrid staff plan to work remotely the day after the Super Bowl as many admit they don’t plan on feeling effectively. (iStock / iStock)

A survey launched final week by IT administration platform Atera discovered 41% of hybrid staff plan to work remotely the day after the Super Bowl. Of these, 27% mentioned they’ll inform their supervisor they don’t seem to be feeling effectively and do not wish to get others sick, whereas 25% plan to inform their supervisors they’ve an appointment that day reminiscent of a health care provider’s go to as their purpose for not coming into the workplace.

As such, IT staff predict a bunch of points that day.


Three quarters of IT managers instructed Atera they count on Super Monday to be the busiest day of the yr for remote points, and 81% mentioned they really feel stress to be on-line that day to assist their colleagues with any tech issues that come up.

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Three-fourths of IT managers count on Super Bowl Monday to be the busiest day for remote-work tech issues all yr. (iStock / iStock)

Non-IT staff admit they’re going to most likely want the assistance, too. Of these staff who’re remote or hybrid, 31% say they’re extra prone to want IT support when working remotely. 

It is probably going not less than some hybrid staff will select to work from dwelling slightly than burn a sick day or trip day, as many don’t plan on feeling their greatest the day after the Super Bowl. Even a good chunk of staff who plan on exhibiting as much as the workplace predict their day is likely to be tough. 


The survey discovered 31% count on to be groggy, 28% are prone to be hungover, and 26% admit they most likely will not be productive. More than 32% of respondents mentioned they count on to get much less work accomplished than normal.

Still, most respondents say they count on the IT employees to be on prime of issues that day. Sixty-four p.c of staff mentioned it’s unacceptable for IT professionals to be gradual to reply on the Monday after the Super Bowl.

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Altera’s survey discovered 30% of IT staff count on “drinks spilt on laptops” to be a prime purpose for submitting a assist desk ticket the day after the Super Bowl. (iStock / iStock)

But IT professionals see their largest headache being extra remote staff utilizing private gadgets slightly than these issued from work, and practically 30% count on “drinks spilt on laptops” to be a prime ticket concern throughout Super Bowl Monday.


“IT professionals are used to constant demand, but the data show that the big game is going to create an unprecedented influx of tickets,” Atera CEO Gil Pekelman instructed FOX Business. “Our research indicates today’s workforce is ‘calling in remote’ instead of sick – and that is putting immense pressure on IT professionals.”

Pekelman added a pleasant reminder for Super Bowl watchers to place away their laptops in the course of the sport, “to avoid a terrible start to your remote Monday.”