It’s the day after Super Bowl Sunday, also known as Super Sick Monday. In fact, many across the nation want to make it a national holiday.
However, here on the Western Slope, things are looking a bit different.
“It seems like we’re doing pretty darn well on Super Sick Monday,” said Sheila Reiner, Mesa County Clerk and Recorder.
In fact, no one at the Clerk and Recorders Office called in sick.
“For us, Super Sick Monday is just not a reality,” said Diane Schwenke with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce.
With that 14 million number, why aren’t businesses here in the Grand Valley feeling an impact?
While some said it may have to do with our location, others believe it has to do with the teams involved.
“We’re two hours behind the east coast. For us, the Super Bowl gets out way before anyone goes to bed,” said Schwenke.
“If it were the Broncos in the Super Bowl last night, it could have been a different story here today,” said Reiner.
However, those with the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce said when the Broncos last played, work production was still at its normal rate.
“Even that game did not result in a huge number of absences and people sick the day after,” said Schwenke.
So what exactly is the reason behind it? While it may be a surprise to some, Schwenke said work productivity actually tends to stay higher in rural areas.
“Most of our small businesses have less than 10 employees. If you even have two out at the same time, it really cuts your productivity down by 20%,” said Schwenke.
“When we don’t have the people on the desk to help customers it definitely backs us up,” said Reiner.
So while many workers across the United States may have called in sick, employers on the Western Slope are proud to say over here – that’s just not the case.
“If they’re being paid to do work, they feel a responsibility to do that work. They’re not going to be distracted by things like Super Bowl games,” said Schwenke.