Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees on Monday Morning

Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:29pm EST

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New Survey Findings Indicate That 1.5 Million Employed U.S. Adults
          May Call in Sick to Work the Day after the Big Game
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(Business Wire)--New survey findings suggest that an estimated 1.5 million(i)
employed(ii) U.S. adults may call in sick to work the day after the
Super Bowl. The "Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees on Monday
Morning" survey of 1,430 adults employed full-time was sponsored by
The Workforce Institute(TM) at Kronos(R) Incorporated and conducted
online via Harris Interactive.

   The survey shows that another three percent of respondents, or an
estimated 4.4 million(iii) employees, may arrive late to work the
Monday after the Super Bowl. This number is in-line with the three
percent of respondents who admit to, in the past, having arrived late
to work the Monday after the Super Bowl. Interestingly enough, three
percent also say that they have previously called in sick to work the
Monday after the Super Bowl, indicating that the number of employees
who actually do call in sick may be significantly higher than the
number who say they might.

   Super Bowl-related absences could be particularly striking for
organizations with a high population of Gen X and Gen Y employees, as
the majority of the employed adults who say they may call in sick the
day after the Super Bowl are males and females between the ages of
18-34 years (4 percent and 3 percent, respectively).

   Unscheduled absences, including those that organizations will
experience after the Super Bowl, cost U.S. employers billions of
dollars each year in lost productivity, impact production and customer
service, and create employee satisfaction problems. Until recently,
few organizations were conscience of this hidden cost or were simply
not focused on controlling it.

   "Today, best practice organizations are using automated solutions
to manage and apply attendance policies fairly and consistently
throughout their organizations," said Joyce Maroney, director of the
Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. "Managers benefit from the
timely information, which enables them to quickly adjust to
unscheduled absences without impacting production or employee
satisfaction. Employees are empowered with self-service tools, which
provide access to vacation and personal leave time balance
information, encouraging them to plan appropriately for time away from
work. This supports a healthy work/life balance and reduces
unscheduled absences."

   Study Methodology

   This Super Bowl survey was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Kronos Incorporated between
January 24 and 28, 2008 among 3,091 U.S. adults aged 18 and over, of
whom 1,430 were employed full-time. Results were weighted as needed
for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income.
Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents'
propensity to be online.

   All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability
sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most
often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error,
coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated
with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting
and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words
"margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated
are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities
for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These
are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this
ideal.

   Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who
have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data
have been weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult
population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to be
invited to participate in the Harris Interactive online research
panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

   About Harris Interactive

   Harris Interactive is one of the largest and fastest-growing
market research firms in the world. The company provides innovative
research, insights and strategic advice to help its clients make more
confident decisions which lead to measurable and enduring improvements
in performance. Harris Interactive is widely known for The Harris
Poll, one of the longest running, independent opinion polls and for
pioneering online market research methods. The company has built what
it believes to be the world's largest panel of survey respondents, the
Harris Poll Online. Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide
through its North American, European and Asian offices, and through a
global network of independent market research firms. More information
about Harris Interactive may be obtained at www.harrisinteractive.com.
To become a member of the Harris Poll Online and be invited to
participate in online surveys, register at www.harrispollonline.com.

   About Kronos Incorporated

   Kronos Incorporated empowers organizations around the world to
effectively manage their workforce. At Kronos, we are experts who are
solely focused on delivering software and services that enable
organizations to reduce costs, increase productivity, improve employee
satisfaction, and ultimately enhance the level of service they
provide. Kronos serves customers in more than 60 countries through its
network of offices, subsidiaries, and distributors. Widely recognized
as a market and thought leader in managing the workforce, Kronos has
unrivaled reach with more than 30 million people using a Kronos
solution every day. Learn more about Kronos at www.kronos.com.

   Note to Editors

   Cite survey findings as: The "Super Bowl Fever Sidelines Employees
on Monday Morning" survey sponsored by The Workforce Institute(TM) at
Kronos(R) Incorporated.

   (C) 2008 Kronos Incorporated. Kronos and the Kronos logo are
registered trademarks and The Workforce Institute is a trademark of
Kronos Incorporated or a related company. All other product and
company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and
may be trademarks of their respective owners.

   (i) Calculation based on the "Super Bowl Fever May Sideline
Employees" survey data that one percent of employed adults may call in
sick the day after the Super Bowl and the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics report from December 2007 indicating that there are 146.2
million people employed in the U.S.

   (ii) Employed refers to U.S. adults aged 18 and over who are
employed full time.

   (iii) Calculation based on the "Super Bowl Fever May Sideline
Employees" survey data that three percent of employed adults may
arrive late to work the day after the Super Bowl and the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics report from December 2007 indicating that there
are 146.2 million people employed in the U.S.

Kronos Incorporated
Laura Souza, 978-947-4777
laura.souza@kronos.com

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