I know what you’re thinking. “I thought we were lucky enough to not have to hear from you for a while.” That’s somewhat true, but if you read closely, I said I’ll “be more selective on my HR and workplace posts.” With the tension and debate of one of the biggest workplace issues dominating every headline and blog, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines and not provide my take on this national dilemma. While our good friends at Challenger, Gray & Christmas have provided these fine guidelines, I offer you five ways to manage your business on Super Bowl Monday.
- Give them the day off. If you are a company in the New England or Philadelphia area, close your doors on Monday. Spare your employees the embarrassment of making up some lame excuse of why they aren’t showing up. This will boost your employee engagement scores and may even land you on one of those “Best Places to Work” elusive lists. An exception to this rule is if you own a coffee-house or greasy spoon. All of those employees skipping this day will be needing a little something to ease the headache.
- Limit food choices. For the month of February, don’t serve any guacamole, chili, buffalo wings, pizza, or any other traditional Super Bowl foods. The mere sight or slightest whiff of these foods will either bring nightmares or uncontrollable fits of happiness for fans of either team. Also, much like one cannot come within ten feet of a Jagermeister shot after a bad college experience, eating any of these foods after an over-indulgence of a good Super Bowl party can have the same effect. Of course, if you own a restaurant specializing in any of these delicacies, expect a dip in sales for the couple of weeks after the big game.
- No meetings. If you cannot afford to give your team the day off or you’re just one of those people who hates sports and wants to be spiteful, make Monday meeting-free. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a stuffy conference room while Bob is sweating out the eight Samuel Adams beers and 4 bowls of clam chowder he inhaled over five hours at the neighborhood party. On that conference call, Jan will be reading all the post-game commentary on how her team blew a chance to win the game. Cut your losses and schedule a 7:30am meeting on Tuesday.
- Offer down time and free lunch. For those businesses that must stay open, offer some down time and set up some wellness areas for your people to recover. For those Patriots fans, put a running loop of Tom vs Time or one of their five (soon to be six) Super Bowl highlights. For those Philly fans, a Rocky marathon is always appropriate. Provide breakfast and lunch as most employees will have spent their money on squares, pools, and prop bets. Regardless of where you are, provide plenty of water, Tums, and toilet paper.
- Prepare for the parade. If you’re lucky enough to be in the town of the Super Bowl winner, plan on dealing with another rash of “absences.” Might as well bite the bullet and offer another day off for the celebration. If you’re close to the parade route, bring in donuts and hot chocolate and offer a place for your employees to gather.
You want to build some camaraderie or loyalty within your workforce? You want to impress the team and make up for mistaking Nick Foles for Napoleon Dynamite? Build some cred and be a leader like Kraft Heinz. Give your employees the day off after the Super Bowl.